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Kerry D. Staton attended Oberlin College and the University of Maryland School of Law, where he received his Juris Doctor in 1980.

Mr. Staton is a member of the Maryland Association for Justice (formerly the Maryland Trial Lawyers Association) where he served on the Board of Governors from 1988 through 1995. He is a member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (now the American Association for Justice), where he has served as the Maryland State Delegate and Minority Caucus Member for Maryland. Mr. Staton is a Fellow of the Maryland Bar Foundation, the Reginald Heber Smith Law Fellowship, and the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference.

I chose the practice of law as a profession because of a desire to serve the community and to provide equal access to justice for persons most deserving but without financial resources.

As a testament to his reputation within the legal profession, Mr. Staton was elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. Membership in the College is restricted to the top 1% of lawyers in each state. He was also appointed as a Commissioner to the Attorney Grievance Commission by the Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. Previously, he served as a Peer Review Panel member, a Review Board member, as well as Chairman of the AGC Review Board.

Mr. Staton was named 2013 Baltimore Medical Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers®. A significant honor, only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is recognized as "Lawyer of the Year." Mr. Staton's selection was based on the impressive voting averages he received during Best Lawyers® exhaustive peer-review assessments and it reflects the high level of respect he's earned among other leading medical malpractice lawyers in Baltimore for his abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Mr. Staton has also lectured widely, including the University of Maryland School of Law, the Office of the Attorney General, Johns Hopkins Hospital, the Western Shore Dental Society, as well as testifying before the Maryland legislature on issues of law, medicine and tort reform.

Mr. Staton experienced the pain of medical malpractice first hand when his mother received negligent surgical care that led to severe brain damage and her being confined to a nursing facility for the rest of her life. It was this experience that led Mr. Staton to focus his legal career on helping the victims of medical malpractice and to one that ensures patient rights.

Mr. Staton is on the Board of Directors of the Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service, which provides legal services to low income citizens. He has also served on the Board of Directors of the Howard Community College Foundation Board, and Marian House, a transitional housing program for homeless women.

Mr. Staton and his wife, who is also an attorney, have raised two children. They currently live in Clarksville, Maryland.


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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 60%
  2. Litigation: 40%

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Contact info

Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A.

1211 Saint Paul Street
Baltimore, MD, 21202-2705


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Practitioner of the YearBlack Law Students Association of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law2014
Tier 1 Ranking—Medical Malpractice Law PlaintiffsU.S. News – Best Lawyers2013
Simon K. Civil Justice AwardMaryland Association for Justice2013
Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year–Plaintiffs LawBest Lawyers2013
Top 100 Super LawyersMaryland Super Lawyers2013
Professional of the Year in Medical Malpractice LawStrathmore’s Who’s Who2010
FellowAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2010
Top 50 Super LawyersMaryland Super Lawyers2010
Washington, D.C. Top LawyerWashington, D.C.’s Top Lawyers2009
Top Attorney in MarylandTop Attorneys in Maryland2009
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2008
Top 100 Trial Lawyers in AmericaAmerican Trial Lawyers Association2008
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates Forum2007
MemberMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2007
Maryland Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2007
MemberNational Registry of Who’s Who2000
MemberBar Register of Preeminent Lawyers2000
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1995
Lifetime MemberStrathmore’s Who’s Who1980
FellowReginald Heber Smith Fellowship1980
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founding PartnerSchochor, Federico and Staton, P.A.1984 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
International Society of BarristersMember2014 - Present
Maryland Volunteer Lawyers ServiceBoard Member2010 - Present
Attorney Grievance Commission of MarylandCommissioner2010 - Present
Howard County Bar FoundationMember2003 - Present
Attorney Grievance Commission of MarylandPeer Review Panel2000 - 2010
Attorney Grievance Commission of MarylandChairman1996 - 1997
Attorney Grievance Commission of MarylandVice Chairman1995 - 1996
Attorney Grievance Commission of MarylandReview Board1992 - 1997
Maryland Bar FoundationMember1992 - Present
National Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Attorney Grievance Commission of MarylandInquiry Panel1987 - 1992
American Judicature SocietyMember1984 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1984 - Present
Monumental City Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Bar Association of Baltimore CityMember1982 - Present
Maryland State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
Phi Alpha Delta Law FraternityMember1979 - Present
Howard Community College Foundation BoardFormer Board MemberN/A
Marian HouseFormer Board MemberN/A
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeMemberN/A
Fourth Circuit Judicial ConferenceMemberN/A
Maryland Association for JusticeMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Hospital Negligence Results in Massive Brain Injury$3,750,000
Surgical Error Renders Infant Paraplegic$6,900,000
Infant Suffers Severe Brain Injury Due To Medical Negligence$6,950,000
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Maryland School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1980
Oberlin CollegeEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LectureMedicine for Judges2014
SeminarRisk Management2008
LectureLitigating Medical Negligence Cases2005
SeminarRisk Management2001
LectureEvaluating the Medical Malpractice Case1997