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Hon. D. Duff McKee, Mediator & Arbitrator, Boise, Idaho.

Hon. D. Duff McKee

ADR Offices
120 E Mallard Dr Ste 309
Boise, ID, 83706
Tel: (208) 381-0060
Fax: (208) 381-0083
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Recognized to Idaho Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master


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.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Agricultural
  • Anti-Trust
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • EEOC
  • Elder Abuse
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Mining
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions / ERISA
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Taxation
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Utilities
  • Venture Capital
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


  • 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)

Rates Information

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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