Duff McKee is a native of Idaho, born in Kellogg and spending much of his early years in Lewiston. He was raised in Spokane, Washington, then returned to Idaho to finish his college education, receiving his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Idaho.
He began his practice of law in Boise in 1964. After 21 years of private practice, he was appointed to the state district court bench. He has continuously served as state court trial judge from 1985 to the present time.
Judge McKee is a prolific author and lecturer. He has written numerous articles on the law and legal history for various professional and historical publications. He is a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education programs throughout the state.
His interest in ADR work started shortly after he took the bench when he began conducting judicial settlement conferences -- first on his own cases and then on cases for other judges throughout southern Idaho. His reputation in this field spread quickly and requests for ADR assignments grew.
In 2000, Judge McKee elected to retire from the active bench to enable him to expand his ADR practice. Although he continues service as a senior judge, about 80% of his professional time is now devoted to private ADR assignments, with the majority being mediation of civil cases.
Judge McKee accomplished over 2000 ADR assignments from 1985 through 2015. He holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, and is listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers in his ADR specialty.
In 2011, Judge McKee was awarded the Idaho State Bar Professionalism Award
In 2014, Judge McKee was inducted to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, in recognition of excellence in the practice of ADR.