Supreme Court Appoints Attorney William J. Kayatta, Jr. as Special Master

Submitted by PierceA on Tue, 2011-04-05 16:00

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On Monday, April 4, the United States Supreme Court issued an Order appointing Pierce Atwood partner Bill Kayatta as Special Master in the case of Kansas v. Nebraska and Colorado, Supreme Court Original Action No. 126. The Court’s Order states that:

It is ordered that William J. Kayatta, Jr., Esquire, of Portland, Maine is appointed Special Master in this case with authority to fix the time and conditions for the filing of additional pleadings, to direct subsequent proceedings, to summon witnesses, to issue subpoenas, and to take such evidence as may be introduced and such as he may deem it necessary to call for. The Special Master is directed to submit Reports as he may deem appropriate. The compensation of the Special Master, the allowances to him, the compensation paid to his legal, technical, stenographic and clerical assistants, the cost of printing his Reports, and all other proper expenses, including travel expenses, shall be charged against and be borne by the parties in such proportion as the Court may hereafter direct.

The law suit involves disputes between several of the states concerning their respective water rights in the Republican River basin.

“Bill Kayatta’s appointment as Special Master is a testament to his exceptional legal expertise and reputation as a nationally respected trial and appellate lawyer. We are honored to have an attorney of Bill’s caliber among our ranks,” said Gloria A. Pinza, Managing Partner of Pierce Atwood LLP.

Mr. Kayatta is a Regent and Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Previously he served as one of fifteen of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary. In July of 2010, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee as the Committee’s lead investigator in its evaluation of Justice Elena Kagan. Mr. Kayatta has twice argued before the United States Supreme Court. He maintains an active trial and appellate practice in Maine and across the country. Last year he received the Maine Bar Foundation’s Howard Dana Award for his three decades of pro bono work on behalf of low income Maine citizens. Mr. Kayatta is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School where he was an officer of the Harvard Law Review.