Areas of Practice

Criminal DefensePersonal InjuryCivil Rights


Criminal Defense

Thomas G. Briody is a Rhode Island criminal defense attorney. We vigorously defend and protect the constitutional rights of people accused of and under investigation for alleged violations of criminal law. Our practice involves a broad array of experience. In recent years we have provided representation in connection with:

  • Tax Violations
  • Bank Fraud
  • Drunk Driving
  • Embezzlement
  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Narcotics Offenses
  • Corruption Probes
  • Criminal Negligence
  • Arson

Areas of Practice | Briody Law | Newport Personal Injury AttorneyOur goal is the early termination of investigation without charges being filed, the dismissal of charges, or acquittal. When conviction is inevitable we seek the minimum sentence in the most comfortable facility with an eye toward early release. Among our many clients we have obtained the following results:

  • Acquittals in federal criminal trials involving armored car robbery, drug and gun trafficking charges.
  • A non-jail disposition for a government official who admitted to embezzling school funds
  • Termination of federal investigation of an accountant during a prosecution of a well-known celebrity convicted of tax evasion
  • Termination of federal investigation of a prominent state official in connection with a prosecution of alleged influence peddling and corruption at the Rhode Island General Assembly
  • Probation for a defendant charged in connection with a nationwide probe of an internet money laundering/mail fraud scheme
  • A minimum-security work release placement for a client following his guilty plea to 100 counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal fire at a Rhode Island nightclub
  • Acquittals in federal Hobbs Act, gun possession and drug trafficking prosecutions

We are prepared to defend clients charged with criminal offenses in all state and federal courts in Rhode Island, throughout New England and across the United States.


Personal Injury

Mr. Briody aggressively investigates and prosecutes claims on behalf of people injured through the negligence of others. These cases include:

  • Automobile accidents
  • Insurance claims
  • Slip and falls
  • Defective machinery and products
  • Wrongful death
  • Medical negligence
  • Nursing home negligence
  • Wrongful termination of employment

Successful cases include:

  • a $1,050,000 settlement for the wrongful death of a client whose physicians failed to diagnose colon cancer
  • a $400,000 settlement for a business executive wrongfully discharged from employment
  • a $165,000 settlement for negligent care in a nursing home

Civil Rights

Areas of Practice | Briody Law | Personal Injury Lawyer Newport

When law enforcement and security officials engage in misconduct, Mr. Briody is prepared to call them to account.  These cases include:

  • False imprisonment
  • Malicious prosecution
  • Excessive force
  • Police brutality

Recent cases include:

  • a $75,000 settlement for false imprisonment against a local casino
  • a $75,000 settlement for police brutality involving a broken nose
  • a $68,000 judgment after trial for police brutality involving a broken arm