Walter McKee formed McKee Billings in 2012 after 17 years in a highly successful practice with an Augusta-based law firm. 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 19 years and is a veteran of over 150 fully contested 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 substantial settlements and verdicts in a variety of negligence cases. In his first ten years of practice alone he successfully settled or received trial verdicts in excess of $10,000,000. He served for six years on the Board of Governors of the Maine Trial Lawyers Association and is a strong advocate for corporate responsibility in Maine.But that's not all he does.
Mr. McKee also maintains an active general litigation practice that runs the gamut from litigation of real estate cases and business matters to probate and construction to name but a few. 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.
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 continues to work as chair of MACDL's Legislative Committee. In this capacity he testifies 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." For his work on behalf of MACDL Mr. McKee received MACDL's highest award, the President's Award, in 2011. Mr. McKee’s work to ensure fairness for people accused of crimes was also recognized in 2012 when he received the prestigious Louis Scolnik Award from the ACLU of Maine.Mr.
McKee is recognized around the state as one of Maine’s premier attorneys. He has been selected as a New England Super Lawyer in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012. He is also listed in Best Lawyers in America and is AV rated in Martindale-Hubbell.Mr.
McKee also chairs 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."
In 2007 Mr. McKee was asked to serve on the selection committee for the first Federal Defender in Maine. In 2009 he was tapped to serve on a similar committee to make recommendations to Congress and the President for the appointment of the United States Attorney for Maine.
Mr. McKee lives in Hallowell with his wife, Kristin Aiello, and their children. Kristin is a staff attorney at the non-profit Disability Rights Center where she is actively engaged in the representation of persons discriminated against because of their disabilities. Kristin formerly served as a Commissioner on the Maine Human Rights Commission.
Mr. McKee is an avid runner, alpine and nordic skier, mountaineer and classical violinist; is a private pilot; and served for eight years as a JAG officer with the Maine Army National Guard. For 15 years he also co-hosted the weekly local cable television show "It's the Law!” The show reached over 1,000,000 people throughout Maine.
Mr. McKee is also active in community affairs, most recently serving as the middle / distance event coach for the Hall-Dale Middle and High School track teams. He also served for many years as a soccer coach with the Hall-Dale Youth Soccer program and as the president of the Pineland Suzuki School (PSS). PSS is a non-profit local music school that his children attend that teaches violin and cello using the world-renowned Suzuki method.
Mr. McKee does not sleep.
Practice Areas: Personal Injury; Criminal Defense; General LitigationAdmitted: 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 Law School: University of Maine School of Law, J.D., 1993 College: University of Maine, B.A., summa cum laude, 1989Member: Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member, Board of Directors, 1995-1998; 2003- present; President 2006-2008); Kennebec County Bar Association (President, 2006- 2008); National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; Maine Trial Lawyers Association (Member, Board of Governors, 2006- 2012); American Association for Justice.Military: Captain, J.A.G. Corps, Maine Army National Guard, 1996 – 2004Reported 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.
Speaker / Presenter / Faculty at Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Annual Seminar, Criminal Legislative and Case Law Changes, 2006 – present; Maine State Bar Association Legal Year in Review, Criminal Legislative Changes, 2005 – present; Maine Trial Lawyer's Association Litigation Institute, 2008; Maine Trial Lawyer's Association Evidence Series, 2007; Maine Trial Lawyer's Association, College of Trial Advocacy, 2011; Maine Commission on Indigent Legal Services Training Seminar, 2011; Maine Licensed Private Investigators Association, Annual Seminar, 2011.