Traci T. McKee

Counsel

Overview

As a product liability litigator, Traci McKee defends medical devices and pharmaceutical products that save lives and consumer products that enhance lives. She represents product manufacturers in complex, high stakes litigation such as mass torts and class actions, as well as single-plaintiff claims. With more than a decade of litigation practice, Traci has substantial experience in all phases of litigation from discovery through trial, having served as first chair and second chair in multiple jury trials. She understands the strategies and goals of the clients she represents and develops tailored litigation strategies focused on each client’s business goals.

Medical Device and Pharmaceutical Litigation

With the Faegre Drinker team, Traci defends and coordinates mass tort and multidistrict litigation across the United States and in Canada, particularly on behalf of large medical device and pharmaceutical makers. She helps clients pursue alternative dispute resolution strategies when aligned with their business interests — and boldly presents a strong defense at trial when appropriate for the client.

Consumer Products

Traci also defends consumer product manufacturers in high-exposure personal injury and property damage lawsuits. She has represented manufacturers of products ranging from above-ground pools and pool products to HVAC and other residential products. Throughout her career, Traci has defended clients in high stakes cases involving personal transportation devices, automobiles, motorcycles and bicycles, many of which involved catastrophic injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and death. Traci also has substantial experience defending claims alleging severe physical, mental and emotional injuries to minor children.

General Litigation

In addition to product liability litigation, Traci has represented individuals, corporations and governmental entities in professional malpractice, premises liability and employment claims. Traci represented several local school boards and organizations tasked with the responsibility of caring for children in their custody. She argued multiple cases in the Second District Court of Appeals in Florida and argued a case to the Florida Supreme Court.

Before her legal career, Traci gained valuable experience working as a claims specialist for State Farm Insurance Company where she investigated, evaluated and oversaw litigation of personal injury and property damage claims arising out of automobile accidents.

Personal Interests

A native Floridian, Traci enjoys living in Fort Myers with her husband, Rusty, and two sons, Brett and Braden. She is a former Women’s Volleyball Team captain at the University of North Florida.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Florida

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida

Education

Stetson University College of Law
J.D. summa cum laude, valedictorian, Stetson Law Review (executive editor) (2007)

University of North Florida
B.B.A. summa cum laude (2000)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association — Past President (2019); Chair of Products Liability Committee
  • Southwest Florida Federal Court Bar Association — Immediate Past President
  • Member of Lawyer’s Advisor Committee for the Local Rules of the Middle District of Florida
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) — Florida State Representative

Honors

  • Florida Trend Magazine — Legal Elite Up and Comer, 2016-17
  • Florida Super Lawyers — Rising Star, 2010-18
  • Gulfshore Business — 40 Under 40, 2017
  • Florida Defense Lawyers Association — James A. Dixon Young Lawyer of the Year, 2010-11
  • Martindale-Hubbell — Top Ranked Lawyer, Peer Review Rating: AV®
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