Natasha E. Staton
Natasha E. Staton has exclusively represented injured workers since 1993. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from the University of Washington in 1990, and earned her law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law, now Seattle University Law School, in 1993. She is a member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ), and is also the featured author on workers’ compensation case planning and strategy in WSAJ’s Workers’ Compensation Deskbook (2009).
Ms. Staton is a highly competent, compassionate, and successful advocate for injured workers. She credits her modest roots and upbringing for her career path and passion for helping individuals injured at work. A Montana native, she comes from a blue collar family, and her husband of over 20 years also works in the trades. Helping hard working folks overcome the adversity of an oppressive insurance system brings her immense satisfaction, and she is grateful to have found her calling so early in her career. When not in the office, Natasha enjoys exploring Washington’s amazing wilderness, traveling to far off places, and absorbing all aspects of the arts including film, live theater, and music.
Robert A. Silber
Robert A. Silber has represented injured workers for nearly 20 years at the Department of Labor and Industries, Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals, and appellate courts. For nearly a decade, he was the primary trial attorney at Foster Staton, P.C.
Mr. Silber received his law degree from DePaul University in Chicago in 2000, and a Master’s degree in East European Studies from Indiana University in 1996. He spent six years in Hungary, where among other positions, he worked in the United States Embassy as an Economics Officer after receiving a State Department Fascell Fellowship. Mr. Silber also served for a short time with the United States Commerce Department as a Commercial Officer. Most important, he met his wife in Hungary. He considers learning Hungarian one of his most difficult achievements, and despite his American accent, they speak primarily Hungarian at home.
Mr. Silber is a member in good standing with the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ). Between 2013 and 2014, he served as chair of WSAJ’s Workers’ Compensation Section. He is regularly asked to speak on panels and at conferences regarding workers’ compensation issues. Robert lives in Lake Forest Park with his wife and two kids. He enjoys working only minutes from his home, which gives him the opportunity to spend more quality time with his family.
Kristine K. Birnbaum
After graduating from the University of Oregon in 1994, Kristine K. Birnbaum enjoyed a career in marketing at Bayliner Marine in Arlington before fully devoting her time to raising two children. Later, Kristine earned an Advanced Paralegal Certificate from Edmonds Community College before joining Staton Silber, P.S., in 2016 as the firm’s first full-time employee. She is truly proud of her indispensable contribution to the successful outcomes the firm has achieved for its clients.
Kristine assists in all aspects of case management at Staton Silber and is passionate about helping clients navigate the workers’ compensation process. She also supports the firm’s robust litigation practice before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and appellate courts, including discovery, deposition scheduling, document preparation, and maintaining the case calendar and deadlines.
In her free time, Kristine fills her days with two busy children, gardening, and an obsession with ancient history.
Cora I. Torion
Corazon I. Torion graduated from Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science in 2017. After completing her undergraduate degree, Cora returned home to Washington to further develop her career. She has enjoyed working with Staton Silber since September 2017 as the firm’s legal assistant and intake coordinator. Corazon holds an ardent interest in law and public policy and is currently studying for her Master’s in Public Administration at Seattle University.
A daughter of immigrants, Corazon is the first in her family to graduate from an accredited college. She is greatly shaped by her parents’ humble beginnings and understands the importance of hard work, compassion, and dedication. When not in the office, Corazon enjoys various fitness classes, cooking new recipes, and being with her family.