Member Profile: Hon. D. Duff McKee

Hon. D. Duff McKee
ADR Offices
120 E Mallard Dr Ste 309
Boise, ID 83706
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Tel: (208) 381-0060
Fax: (208) 381-0083

ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Fact Finding; Discovery Referee; Mini-Trial Judge; Special Master; Insurance Umpire


Hon. D. Duff McKee has substantive case experience in the following areas...

ADA Disability
Banking & Finance
Business Dissolution
Civil Rights
Community Associations
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Divorce (High Asset)
Elder Abuse
Eminent Domain
Energy Sector (Oil, Gas)
Family Businesses
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Land Use/Planning
Legal Malpractice
Lemon Law
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Medical Devices
Medical Malpractice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Mortgage Foreclosure
Natural Disasters
Non-profit Organizations
Nursing Homes
Pensions / ERISA
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Property Damage
Public Policy
Railroad & Trucking
Real Estate
Sexual Harassment
Shareholder Disputes
Title Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Unfair Competition
Venture Capital
Wage & Hour/FMLA
Wrongful Death



Duff McKee is a native of Idaho, born in Kellogg and spending some 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 a 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 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 1800 ADR assignments from 1985 through 2011.  He holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell, and is listed in Mountain States Super Lawyers in his ADR specialty.


  • University of Idaho, Moscow, Idaho, 1959 – 1961 (B.S., Business, 1961) Undergraduate degree is in accounting; passed entirety of CPA examination in 1961.
  • University of Idaho College of Law, Moscow, Idaho (J.D. 1964). (Wm Borah Award for academic excellence; Intercollegiate Moot Court Team; Idaho Law Review.)

Memberships & Affiliations

Idaho District Judges Association; Idaho State Bar Association (Sections on Alternative Dispute Resolution and Litigation); American Bar Association (Sections on Dispute Resolution, Judiciary and Litigation); Association for Conflict Resolution; American Inns of Court (Founding member of Boise Chapter, 1990; Bencher and Counselor of the Inn, 1990 – 2000; Bencher Emeritus, 2000 to present)


For hearings or conferences within 100 miles of Boise -- $300 per hour, no minimum and no charge for travel or commuting time For hearings or conferences over 100 miles from Boise -- $300 per hour with a $3,000 minimum per hearing or conference day or part day out of Boise. An allowance of $500 each way will be charged for travel time, regardless of the mode of travel. On all cases -- $300 per hour for preliminary matters and motions, telephone conferences and hearings, study time in preparation for mediation conferences and arbitration hearings, preparation of decisions on matters taken under advisement, and post-hearing or post-conference matters. Reimbursement is expected for all actual out of pocket expenses. Cancellation Fee: In all cases, when a matter is cancelled I will invoice for my time posted to the file up to the notice of cancellation. In addition, a cancellation fee of one-half of the estimated fee for the hearing or conference will be charged when a hearing or conference is cancelled after the notice deadlines set forth below The time deadlines are on a sliding scale, based upon the number of days I have reserved for the case. The deadlines are as follows: Scheduled length of hearing or conference (working days) Deadline for cancellation without cancellation fee 1 day conference/hearing No cancellation fee 2 day conference/hearing One week prior to first day of hearing 3 days or more, but less than 6 days Two weeks prior to first day of hearing 6 days or more, but less than 11 days Four weeks prior to fist day of hearing 11 days or more Six weeks prior to first day of hearing
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