Mr. McKee began his law practice in his hometown of Florence, Alabama. He then served as the central staff attorney for the Alabama Supreme Court for several years. While living in Montgomery, he also served as a professor of law at the Thomas Goode Jones School of Law of Faulkner University. Mr. McKee moved to Birmingham in 1986 to take a full-time teaching position at the Cumberland School of Law of Samford University, where he later served as the assistant dean. In 1989, he joined the Hare Wynn firm, but continued to teach civil procedure as an adjunct professor at Cumberland for the next 17 years.
Within the Hare Wynn firm, Mr. McKee has the primary responsibility over most of the firm’s appellate work. At the trial court level, his role is to research and write briefs and motions and pleadings that raise unique or difficult issues, especially on subjects relating to procedure, jurisdiction, and tort law theory. He also devotes much of his time to researching issues and investigating relevant matters for cases the firm is considering.
Mr. McKee has always been active in a wide variety of professional law-improvement organizations, in addition to his law school activities. For example, he was for 15 years a member of the Uniform Law Commission, whose stated mission is to provide the states with non-partisan, well-conceived, and well-drafted legislation that brings clarity and stability to critical areas of the law. He also serves on several Alabama Law Institute drafting committees that prepare proposed legislation for Alabama. Mr. McKee has served on several Alabama Supreme Court rules advisory committees, as well. In the role of advocate, he has, for nearly 20 years, worked on or with the amicus curiae brief committee of the Alabama Association for Justice (formerly, Alabama Trial Lawyers Association).