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Great News!

Walt McKee has been appointed to the Criminal Law Advisory Commission. The Commission is composed of attorneys and Judges with Broad expeirence with the criminal justice system, as well as the chairs of the Legislature's Committee on Criminal Justice and Public Safety. The Commission is tasked by statute to conduct a "continuing study of the criminal law of Maine," and provides sought after advice and counsel to the Legislature in all matters related to criminal justice. Walt was appointed to the Commission by Attorney General Aaron Frey. McKee will serve a two year term and will be eligible for reappointment thereafter. McKee’s experience in criminal law is extensive, having represented thousands of defendants over the past 28 years in state and federal court. He serves as a member of the Advisory Committee on the Rules of Criminal Procedure as well as the Governor’s Judicial Nomination Advisory Committee. He is a past president of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and is the long time Chair of its Legislative Committee. He is the past Chair of the Maine Ethics Commission. Congratulations Walt!  

Ten Years in a Row

Walt McKee has for the 10th year in a row received the prestigious AV Rating from Martindale Hubbell for 2021, has been selected for 2021 for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America®, and has been named as a 2018 New England “SuperLawyer.” Walt’s AV-Preeminent rating from Martindale Hubbell is considered to be the height of professional excellence and is earned through a strenuous peer review process. Attorneys receive the AV-Preeminent rating only when they have demonstrated the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills, and ethical standards. The Best Lawyers in America designation is based on an exhaustive peer-review evaluation. Best Lawyers is widely considered to be the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice in the United States. Walt has also been named a New England SuperLawyer for 2021. SuperLawyers is a national lawyer rating service that rates the country’s top lawyers for their degree of peer review recognition and professional achievement based on independent research, peer nominations, and peer evaluations. Walt is also Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the premier organization of select trial lawyers in the United States.

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!

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