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 Baltimore Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® in 2022. 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 previously in 2013 and 2018.
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.
Appointments & Awards
- Named the Best Lawyers® 2022, Medical Malpractice Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Baltimore, 2022. He received the same award in 2013 and 2018.
- Recently included in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® for Medical Malpractice Law – Plaintiffs
- Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2010-Present
- Fellow, International Society of Barristers 2014-Present
- Practitioner of the Year, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law BLSA
- National Black Lawyers Top 100, 2014-Present
- Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year for Medical Malpractice Law-Plaintiffs-Baltimore, three times
- Top 10 Attorney Award, National Association of Personal Injury Attorneys
- 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
- Top 100 Lawyers, Maryland Super Lawyers™, 2013 – Present
- Top 50 Lawyers in Maryland™, Baltimore Magazine
- Professional of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law, Strathmore’s Who’s Who
- Washington, D.C.’s Top Lawyers
- 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
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- American Board of Trial Advocates
- National Registry of Who’s Who
- AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell™, 1995-Present
- Fellow, Reginald Heber Smith Fellowship
- Strathmore’s Who’s Who (Lifetime Member)
- The National Trial Lawyers: Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers Association Top 25 – 2020 to present
- Lawyers of Distinction
- America’s Most Honored Professionals
- America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators 2017-present.
- The Daily Record Power 30, 2022
Top 100 Lifetime achievement awards 2018