Walter McKee sits at his desk in silhouette

Walter McKee

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Mr. McKee’s work focuses on litigation.

Mr. McKee's criminal defense practice ranges from traffic offenses to murder. He has been involved in countless high-profile criminal cases in Maine over the past 30+ years and is a veteran of over 200 civil and criminal jury trials. Mr. McKee's practice is statewide and also includes representation of criminal defendants in federal criminal matters in Maine's federal district courts as well as the First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston. As one Federal judge put it, Mr. McKee's defense of the accused is nothing less than "outstanding" and rises "above and beyond the call of duty."

Mr. McKee's personal injury practice focuses on automobile accident cases but also includes premises liability and general negligence matters. He has handled numerous, significant automobile collision cases and has obtained multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts in a variety of negligence cases.

But that's not all he does. Mr. McKee also maintains an active general litigation practice representing businesses and individuals in cases throughout Maine. There's virtually no matter that he has not fought and litigated over. He also represents professionals before dozens of State of Maine licensing boards.

Mr. McKee is recognized around the state as one of Maine's premier attorneys. His awards and honors are extensive and noted in full below. In addition to his work with clients, Mr. McKee served as president of the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (MACDL) from 2006-2008 and was the long time chair of MACDL's Legislative Committee. He served on MACDL's Board of Directors for nearly his entire career. In his capacity as Chair of MACDL's Legislative Committee he testified regularly before the Maine Legislature on criminal legislation, and his advocacy in this arena has been called "polished" and the work of someone who "doesn't break." Mr. McKee also serves on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association.

At night, Walter McKee is seen through a window with a light on, reading notes from his pad of paper.

Mr. McKee also served for five years as the Chair of the state's Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. At his confirmation hearing he was described as someone who was one of the state's "most talented and skilled attorneys" who was "respected by judges and his colleagues" for being someone "absolutely by the book" and "a straight shooter."

Mr. McKee's work ethic has been called "legendary." From the start of his career to the present day he has risen at 3:00 a.m. and gone directly to work, day in and day out, every week of the year. He has been called, begrudgingly, by one long time law enforcement official, "the Tom Brady of attorneys" for his tireless commitment to excellence and unfailing drive every day to do the very best for all of his clients.

Mr. McKee is a sought-after lecturer on trial practice, criminal defense, and evidence. He serves on the faculty of the Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy program, and in a similar capacity he has served on the faculty of the Maine Trial Lawyers' College of Trial Advocacy as well as their Litigation Institute. He has presented for countless years at MACDL's Annual Seminar as well as the Maine State Bar Association's Legal Year in Review.

Mr. McKee lives in Hallowell with his wife, Kristin Aiello. Kristin has her own practice, Aiello Law, specializing in the representation of persons discriminated against because of their disabilities, and has litigated numerous ground-breaking disability discrimination cases, including the 2001 case of Doe v. Rowe, 156 F. Supp. 35 (D.Me. 2001), which is cited around the United States as a seminal case establishing voting rights for people under guardianship. Prior to opening her practice Kristin served for 25 years as an attorney at Disability Rights Maine.

Mr. McKee is an avid runner and swimmer; was a private pilot for many years; and served for eight years as a JAG officer with the Maine Army National Guard.

Mr. McKee is also active in community affairs having served for many years as a youth soccer and track coach, and as the president of a non-profit local music school. He currently serves as a member of the Hallowell Board of Appeals and is a member of the Hallowell City Council.

Mr. McKee does not sleep.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury; Criminal Defense; General Litigation

Admitted: 1993, South Carolina; 1994, Maine and U.S. District Court, District of Maine; 1995, U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit; 1999, U.S. Supreme Court

Education: University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1993; University of Maine, B.A., summa cum laude, 1989

Member: Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors, 1995-1998; 2003-2024; President 2006-2008; Treasurer, 2018-2023); Kennebec County Bar Association (President, 2006-2008); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Maine Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors, 2006-2012, 2020-present); American Association for Justice.

Military: Captain, J.A.G. Corps, Maine Army National Guard, 1996 – 2004

Awards and Honors: Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, 2015 – present; Best Lawyers in America, 2012 – present; New England Super Lawyer, 2012 – present; Martindale Hubbell AV Rating, 2010-present; ACLU of Maine, Louis Scolnik Award, 2012; President’s Award, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2011.

Committees: Governor’s Judicial Nominations Advisory Committee, 2019 – present; Advisory Committee on the Unified Rules of Criminal Procedure, 2021 – present; Criminal Law Advisory Commission, 2022 – present; United States Attorney Selection Committee, 2009; Federal Defender Selection Committee, 2007.

Reported Cases: Hebert v. International Paper Co., 638 A.2d 1161 (Me. 1994); U.S. v. Lagasse, 87 F.3d 18 (1st Cir. 1996); State v. Nelson, 714 A.2d 832 (Me. 1998); Legasse v. Bangor Publishing Co., 741 A.2d 442 (Me. 1999); Gafner v. Down East Community Hospital, 735 A.2d 969 (Me. 1999); U.S. v. Destefano, 201 F.3d 429 (1st Cir. 1999); U.S. v. Meader, 195 F.3d 66 (1st Cir. 1999); Newbury v. Virgin, 802 A.2d 413 (Me. 2002); U.S. v. Hartsock, 253 F.Supp.2d 24 (Me. 2003); Evans v. Willingham, 413 F.Supp.2d 155, 159-60 (D.Conn.2006); Muther et al. v. Flaherty et al., 2011 ME 32, 2011 ME 33, 2011 ME 34, 2013 ME 39; Tucker v. Lilley / Troubh Heisler v. Lilley, 2015 ME 36; State v. Knight, 2016 ME 123; State v. Hanscom, 2016 ME 184; Avis Rent A Car Systems v. Burrill, 2018 ME 81; Greene v. New England Suzuki Institute, 2018 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 104772; Ouellette v. Beaupre. 977 F.3d 127 (1st Cir. 2020).

Faculty and Presenter: Faculty, Harvard Law School Trial Advocacy Workshop, 2022 - present; Faculty, Maine Trial Lawyers Association, College of Trial Advocacy, 2011, 2016, 2019, 2024; Faculty, Maine Trial Lawyers Association Litigation Institute, 2008; Presenter, Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Seminar, Criminal Legislative and Case Law Changes, 2006 – 2023; Presenter, Maine State Bar Association Legal Year in Review, Criminal Legislative Changes, 2005 – present; Presenter, Maine Trial Lawyers Association Evidence Series, 2007

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