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Kent W. McKinley Associate

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Kent McKinley is an associate at Hermes, Netburn, O’Connor & Spearing, P.C.  He counsels clients in connection with litigation matters across a range of industries including corporate defense, product manufacturing, heavy machinery, and automotive. Kent’s experience includes financial disputes, products liability, employment law, insurance defense, and other general business litigation matters.  Kent manages research and discovery, provides case analysis, drafts motions, and conducts depositions for the firm’s clients.

Kent brings a methodical, detail oriented approach to resolving cases for both defendants and plaintiffs.  Before becoming a lawyer, Kent worked for a hedge fund administrator in New York City.  Kent’s background in the financial industry, combined with his undergraduate work in mathematics, allows Kent to apply strong problem-solving techniques and first-hand business experience to developing thorough and effective solutions.  Kent is admitted to practice in both Maine and Massachusetts.

Prior to joining the firm, Kent was an associate with a Boston-based products liability and insurance defense law firm.  In this role, he defended clients in a range of products liability matters. While studying at the University of Texas School of Law, Kent worked as a research assistant for Professor Loftus C. Carson II, focusing on developments in corporate and securities law and labor, employment, and employment discrimination law.


• Handle research, analysis, drafting motions and discovery in connection with the representation of an automotive manufacturer in complex and highly technical products liability case involving grievous bodily injury.

• Representation of a state employee as Plaintiff in connection with an employment discrimination case.

• Handle research and analysis concerning securities fraud enforcement action.

• Conduct discovery and depositions in connection with a will dispute in probate court.

• Advised Plaintiffs in connection with a construction defect case in a newly constructed property.

• Part of a defense team in connection with a prominent, national water contamination case. Work included research and investigation components of this important representation.

• Drafted motions and handled discovery in defense of a boiler distributor in a wrongful death action.

• Drafted motions to dismiss in defense of an engineering firm in series of complex environmental cases.

• Argued opposition to Plaintiff’s motion to amend complaint at hearing in representation of non-profit organization in negligence action.


American Bar Association

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Defense Research Institute

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Maine Bar Association

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Massachusetts Bar Association

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