“I remember going to Jon Schochor
and saying, ‘I’m panicked. What am I
going to do? I’ve never had a jury trial.
I don’t know these people. It’s today. I
don’t know the file.’ He said, ‘Calm down.
You’re going. There’s nothing you can do
about that. If Marvin wanted you to put
on a tutu and do a pirouette, if you want
to keep this job, that’s what you’ll do.’”
Eventually Staton didn’t want to dance
to someone else’s tune. So in 1984, he,
Schochor and Philip Federico formed their
“We started in Jon’s kitchen with an IBM
Selectric typewriter, just the three of us
and a woman who volunteered to be our
investigator,” he says. “Our motto was, ‘No
guts, no glory.’”
THE ATTORNEYS HAVE SINCE COME
out of the kitchen and into a three-story
brownstone called The Paulton, which is
listed on the National Historic Registry.
With its rose-brass chandeliers, curved
staircase and stained-glass windows,
The Paulton is a showpiece in midtown
Baltimore. Its central location amid all
the local healthcare facilities perfectly
suits the firm’s needs.
Staton gives back wherever he can. He
and his wife, a former judge and deputy
attorney general of Maryland, endowed a
scholarship at their daughters’ high school
to benefit children with learning differences.
Staton also serves as a commissioner on
Maryland’s Attorney Grievance Commission
and as a director on the board for Maryland
Volunteer Lawyers Service.
“At MVLS, I’m a member of the
fundraising committee,” says Staton.
“My job is to beg for money. There’s the
expression, ‘Give till it hurts.’ Well, I tell
people, ‘Give till it feels good.’ Because
MVLS is a worthwhile organization that
provides legal help for folks that can’t
otherwise get it through any means.”
“Kerry has been amazing,” says MVLS
Executive Director Bonnie Sullivan. “In
a quiet way, he exerts a leadership role
on our board of directors in terms of
focusing attention on important issues.
He will direct people to the point of view
that makes the most sense in a way that
always makes me smile—not laugh, but
smile. I guess that’s what makes him
a wildly successful trial lawyer—those
persuasive skills where, quite frankly, you
don’t know you’re being persuaded.”
Staton’s office bears that same
understated quality. Yes, there is the stack
of binder-clipped documents on one chair
and worn briefcases hidden in a corner,
but the items most prominently displayed
are vacation photos of his family. He only
wishes his mother could have been on
these trips, too.
“I choose to believe that Mom is proud
of me for what I have been able to do with
what was a very tragic situation,” Staton
says. “I’ve tried to turn it around and do
something positive for other people.”
Among the photos is one that shows
Staton on the back deck of a St. Martin
beach house, arms outstretched, beer in
hand. It is the image of a man at peace.
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