Joshua E. Carlin

T: (401) 421-2154

F: (401) 521-7040


Josh is a trial lawyer with over 20 years’ experience who concentrates his litigation practice in the defense of claims of professional liability against health care providers, the defense of general litigation matters, including personal injury, business litigation, and select personal injury claims on behalf of the injured party. Josh is an AV Preeminent rated attorney, which is the highest peer rating standard. This is given to attorneys who are ranked at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal expertise, communication skills, and ethical standards by their peers.
Josh’s depth of experience in the defense of claims related to medical care has allowed him to develop a comprehensive understanding of evaluating the value of claims and the most effective strategies for defending these cases. Josh has had great success in trying cases before the state and federal courts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts, and he has been equally effective in assisting both his own clients and other attorneys through methods of alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation, and consulting on witness preparation and focus group presentations. Josh regularly lectures to physicians and other professional groups and participates in education programs for healthcare providers to assist his clients in addressing and preventing claims.
Additionally, Josh authored two editions of the “Discovery in Medical Negligence Cases in Rhode Island” chapter in “A Practical Guide to Discovery in Rhode Island,” a comprehensive guide to litigation practice in Rhode Island.


Bar Admissions

  • Rhode Island
  • Massachusetts
  • United States District Court, District of Rhode Island
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice Defense
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Licensing
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business Law and Litigation


  • Providence College, A.
  • Fordham University, D.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Rhode Island Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Counsel of Rhode Island
  • Newport County Bar Association

Recognition and Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, as nominated by his peers.
  • Selected as a Rhode Island Super Lawyers ® –Rising Star 2010 – 2012
  • Selected as a Rhode Island Super Lawyer ® annually from 2016-2023