Kerry D. Staton

Schochor, Staton, Goldberg and Cardea, P.A.
Schochor, Staton, Goldberg and Cardea, P.A.
1211 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, MD 21202 United States

Founding Partner

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 is also a fellow of the prestigious International Society of Barristers. Mr. Staton was 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 2022 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. He received the same award in 2018 and 2013.

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.

“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.”

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.

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 served many years 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.

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

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

Bar Memberships 

Maryland (State and Federal)

District of Columbia (State and Federal)

(On special motion, Mr. Staton has handled medical negligence cases in Pennsylvania, Alabama, and other jurisdictions)

Appointments and Awards 

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2010-Present

Fellow, International Society of Barristers, 2014-Present

Board of Visitors, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, 2022

Practitioner of the Year, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law BLSA, 2014

National Black Lawyers Top 100, 2014-Present

Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs-Baltimore, 2013, 2018 and 2022

Top 10 Attorney Award, National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2017 - 2018

Attorney Grievance Commission of Maryland: Commissioner, 2010-Present; Peer Review Panel, 2000-2010; Review Board, 1992-1997; Chairman, 1996-1997; Vice-Chairman, 1995-1996; Inquiry Panel, 1987-1992

Top Rated Lawyer in Medical Malpractice Law, American Lawyer Media, 2014

The Daily Record Power 30, 2022

Top 100 Lawyers, Maryland Super Lawyers™, 2013 - Present

Top 50 Lawyers in Maryland™, Baltimore Magazine, 2011

The Daily Record Icon Honors Award, 2022

Professional of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law, Strathmore’s Who’s Who, 2010-2011

Washington, D.C.’s Top Lawyers, 2009

2022 Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiffs Consumer Lawyer

Top 100 Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018

Top Attorneys in Maryland, 2009-Present

Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 2009-Present

Top 100 Lawyers, American Trial Lawyers Association, 2008-Present

Best Lawyers in America, 2008-Present

Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2007-Present

Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2007-Present

American Board of Trial Advocates, 2005-Present

National Registry of Who’s Who, 2000-Present

AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell™, 1995-Present

Fellow, Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship, 1980-1982

Strathmore’s Who’s Who (Lifetime Member)

The National Trial Lawyers: Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association Top 25

Lawyers of Distinction 2018

America’s Most Honored Professionals 2018

America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, 2017-present

Professional Associations 

American Association for Justice

American Bar Association

American Judicature Society

Baltimore City Bar Association

Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference

Maryland Bar Foundation

Maryland State Bar Association

Monumental City Bar Association

National Bar Association

Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity

Trial Lawyers for Public Justice

Practice Areas: 

Medical Malpractice / Wrongful Death

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