Walter McKee Appointed to Advisory Committee on Rules of Unified Criminal Procedure

By order of the Supreme Judicial Court, Walt McKee was appointed in May 2021 to the Advisory Committee on Rules of Unified Criminal Procedure. The Committee is charged with reviewing and changing the Rules that affect every single criminal case in Maine and recommending changes. His appointment recognizes his vast experience with the Rules over the past 28 years of handling thousands of criminal cases in every county in Maine, as well as his extensive jury trial experience, having tried more than 200 jury trials in his career to date.

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!

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!  

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