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Matt Morgan appointed Commissioner on Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services

Congratulations to Matt Morgan! This past week Matt was confirmed by the Maine Senate following his appointment by Governor Mills to serve as a Commissioner on the Maine Commission on Indegent Legal Services (MCILS). MCILS was established by the Legislature in 2009 to provide high quality representation to Maine citizens who are entitled to counsel at state expense under the United States Constitution or under the Constitution or statutes of Maine. The Commission's mission is to protect the rights of Maine's indigent citizens in courts throughout the State by providing oversight, support, and training to assigned private counsel and to contract counsel. Matt's appointment was in recognition of his tireless efforts to promote excellence in the representation of Maine's poor, work where Matt "walks the walk" by representing indigent defendants every day in Maine's state and federal courts. Hat's off to Matt with this impressive appointment!

Matt Morgan - Partner!

McKee Law is pleased to announce that attorney Matthew Morgan has been named a partner of the firm. Matt is a 2009 magna cum laude graduate of Bates College and a 2012 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. After a clerkship with the Maine Superior Court Matt started practicing with McKee Law. Matt specializes in all manners of criminal and civil litigation.

Matt serves on the Board of Directors of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and was recently selected as a Rising Star by New England Super Lawyers.

Walter McKee, the firm’s founder, noted that “Matt has been instrumental to the firm’s success over the years. He is smart, knows his way around a courtroom, and is tireless in his commitment to doing the very best for his clients.”

Matt lives in Topsham with his wife, Dr. Anna Meader, and their daughter.

New office procedures

Everyone has been affected by the coronavirus pandemic and McKee Law is no exception. Consistent with CDC guidelines, our office is open but with restrictions. Items can be dropped off at the office during regular business hours in the front hall in a designated area. There is a phone set up in the hall to reach a staff person for payments and to answer immediate questions.  Only one staff person will be here each day. All attorneys are working remotely, except for Walt who will stay with the ship! All appointments will be held by telephone. Please bear with us as we work through this difficult time for our state, nation, and world.

McKee Law earns honors as Tier 1 Best Law Firm in Maine

This just in: McKee Law has been named a Tier 1 “Best Law Firm” in Maine by U.S. News – Best Lawyers® for 2020! Tier 1 rankings are determined through a combination of impressive feedback from peers and clients as well as information provided in response to the “Law Firm Survey” conducted by Best Lawyers in America®.  It is the highest honor a law firm can receive. This award represents a real team effort at the firm. No one attorney or staff member is responsible for awards like this and without the excellent work by each and every person at McKee Law this award never would have been possible. Go Team!

Eight years in a row

For the eighth year in a row Walt McKee has been named to the list of the Best Lawyers® in America while at the same time receiving honors as a New England SuperLawyer and an AV-Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell.  These hard earned awards are voted on anonymously by colleagues, judges, and clients and any one of the awards represents the pinnacle of achievement for any lawyer. To receive all three awards for eight straight years is a great accomplishment. Walt's response: "Great. Put that on the website. I have work to do." Classic. 

Welcome, Kurt!

We are pleased to announce that Kurt Peterson has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Kurt is a graduate of the University of Maine and the University of Maine School of Law. He recently completed a clerkship with Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Joseph Jabar. In law school, Kurt developed a wide range of legal experience.  He was the Executive Editor of the Ocean and Coastal Law Journal and published an article about the litigation that has occurred over the use of off-road vehicles on the beaches of national seashores.  In addition, Kurt interned with the Maine Office of the Attorney General in the Litigation and Natural Resources divisions, volunteered with a non-profit environmental law firm, worked for several criminal defense firms, and was a teaching assistant for an Administrative Law class.  During his final year at Maine Law, Kurt discovered his desire to be a trial attorney while working as a student attorney with the Cumberland Legal Aid Clinic.  As a student attorney, Kurt was primarily involved with the representation of juveniles and criminal defendants, and also advocated for clients in family law, protection from abuse, and foreclosure defense cases.  Throughout his time with the Clinic, Kurt gained hands-on courtroom and litigation experience, appearing in Maine trial courts from York County to Aroostook County and also representing an appellate client in an oral argument before the Maine Supreme Judicial Court.

Welcome to the firm, Kurt!

Henry Beck elected Treasurer of the State of Maine

Congratulations to Henry Beck for his election on December 5, 2018 to be Treasurer of the State of Maine! Henry was elected by the Maine State Legislature to serve a two year term as our state’s Treasurer. This is a significant honor and great accomplishment. We will miss having him here but wish him well in his new position.

Five Questions for Walter McKee

Walt was recently featured in the Kennebec Journal’s Business section as part of their “Five Questions” series on local business leaders. Read it all by clicking the link here! https://www.centralmaine.com/2018/11/25/walter-mckee-answers-five-questions/  

Big Win at Maine Supreme Judicial Court for Henry Beck

Congratulations to Henry Beck for the huge win in the Maine Supreme Judicial Court recently!  Henry successfully argued the case of Avis Rent A Car vs. Burrill.  The Supreme Court ruled in Henry's client's favor and vacated the lower court's ruling that Avis had proven entitlement to a significant damages award.  The result of the successful appeal is that no damages will be awarded to Avis despite the contract and accident that took place.  Well done, Henry!

Henry Beck joins McKee Law!

We are pleased to announce that Henry Beck has joined the firm as an associate attorney.

Henry is a graduate of Colby College and the University of Maine School of Law and worked for the past two years with another local law firm. Henry has already gained substantial experience in a broad range of areas including criminal defense, civil litigation, and employment discrimination cases. He is an excellent addition to McKee Law and will enhance all areas of practice at the firm.

Henry is well known to many in central Maine as the former State Representative for parts of Waterville and Oakland, a position he held from his senior year in college all the way through 2016. Henry also previously served on the Waterville City Council. His public service experience and dealing with people from all walks of life provides him a unique perspective and a major asset to the firm which prides itself in representing clients large and small every day.  Welcome to the firm Henry!

Walt McKee listed in Best Lawyers in America again.

McKee Law is pleased to announce that attorney Walt McKee has been selected once again by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®. McKee has been named to this list for the past five years. McKee has also been named a New England SuperLawyer for the past five years and holds an AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. McKee has been a practicing attorney for over 23 years and is a veteran of over 180 jury trials.

About Best Lawyers:  Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Best Lawyers lists are compiled based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed and Best Lawyers is widely considered to be the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.

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