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.
Licensed since 1980
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Practitioner of the Year||Black Law Students Association of the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law||2014|
|Tier 1 Ranking—Medical Malpractice Law Plaintiffs||U.S. News – Best Lawyers||2013|
|Simon K. Civil Justice Award||Maryland Association for Justice||2013|
|Baltimore Medical Malpractice Lawyer of the Year–Plaintiffs Law||Best Lawyers||2013|
|Top 100 Super Lawyers||Maryland Super Lawyers||2013|
|Professional of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law||Strathmore’s Who’s Who||2010|
|Fellow||American College of Trial Lawyers||2010|
|Top 50 Super Lawyers||Maryland Super Lawyers||2010|
|Washington, D.C. Top Lawyer||Washington, D.C.’s Top Lawyers||2009|
|Top Attorney in Maryland||Top Attorneys in Maryland||2009|
|Best Lawyer||Best Lawyers in America||2008|
|Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America||American Trial Lawyers Association||2008|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2007|
|Member||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2007|
|Maryland Super Lawyer||Super Lawyers||2007|
|Member||National Registry of Who’s Who||2000|
|Member||Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers||2000|
|AV Peer Review Rating||Martindale-Hubbell||1995|
|Lifetime Member||Strathmore’s Who’s Who||1980|
|Fellow||Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship||1980|
|Founding Partner||Schochor, Federico and Staton, P.A.||1984 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|International Society of Barristers||Member||2014 - Present|
|Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service||Board Member||2010 - Present|
|Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland||Commissioner||2010 - Present|
|Howard County Bar Foundation||Member||2003 - Present|
|Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland||Peer Review Panel||2000 - 2010|
|Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland||Chairman||1996 - 1997|
|Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland||Vice Chairman||1995 - 1996|
|Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland||Review Board||1992 - 1997|
|Maryland Bar Foundation||Member||1992 - Present|
|National Bar Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland||Inquiry Panel||1987 - 1992|
|American Judicature Society||Member||1984 - Present|
|American Association for Justice||Member||1984 - Present|
|Monumental City Bar Association||Member||1982 - Present|
|Bar Association of Baltimore City||Member||1982 - Present|
|Maryland State Bar Association||Member||1980 - Present|
|Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity||Member||1979 - Present|
|Howard Community College Foundation Board||Former Board Member||N/A|
|Marian House||Former Board Member||N/A|
|Trial Lawyers for Public Justice||Member||N/A|
|Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference||Member||N/A|
|Maryland Association for Justice||Member||N/A|
|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|
|University of Maryland School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1980|
|Oberlin College||English||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1977|
|Lecture||Medicine for Judges||2014|
|Lecture||Litigating Medical Negligence Cases||2005|
|Lecture||Evaluating the Medical Malpractice Case||1997|