J. Christopher McKee

J. Christopher McKee

Partner - Senior Consultant
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J. Christopher McKee is the former Special Counsel to the Director at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), where he served as a senior advisor to the Director and all other divisions of PDS on forensic evidence issues.

Mr. McKee led the agency's Forensic Practice Group, supervised staff forensic fellows and the staff forensic scientist, and served as the primary reviewer of requests for expert services in all PDS cases. In addition to his advisory and supervisory roles, Mr. McKee served as lead or special counsel in cases involving important forensic issues, as well as maintaining his own personal caseload of complex homicide cases.

Mr. McKee has litigated cases involving challenges to DNA, glass composition, firearms toolmark impressions, fingerprints, alleged arson evidence, alleged sexual assault injuries and numerous forensic pathology issues. Before joining the Trial Division at the Public Defender Service in the Fall of 2000,

Mr. McKee was a Staff Attorney at the DeKalb County Public Defender's Office in Decatur, Georgia, where he handled all levels of criminal cases before trial and appellate courts. Mr. McKee received his B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and J.D./M.T.S. at Emory University.

In 2009, Mr. McKee co-founded FDS to meet the critical needs of attorneys to better understand and challenge complex forensic evidence in their cases.

Since 2009, Mr. McKee has also been an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Colorado School of Law where he has taught an Advanced Evidence course focused on forensic science evidence in Federal and State criminal cases.