William C. Knowles
Firm:
Verrill Dana LLP
Phone:(207) 253-4604
Address: One Portland Square
Portland, ME 4112

Membership: MembershipsMaine State Bar AssociationPast Member, Gignoux Inn of CourtsMaine Trial Lawyers Associationfellow, Maine Bar Foundation Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
University: Indiana University, B.A., 1975, University of Warwick, LL.B., with honors, 1978; University of Idaho, J.D., 1980
Admitted: 1981, Idaho; 1994, U.S. Supreme Court; 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit); 1982, Maine
Biography: Bill Knowles has maintained a general civil trial practice, with an emphasis on personal injury, probate and real estate litigation, for 30 years. Bill has tried over 50 cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants, in state and federal courts, where his success rate is over 75% before Maine juries. He is admitted to practice in the states of Idaho and Maine, and is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Bill is Co-Chair of the Probate Litigation Group and Vice Chair of the Litigation Department.Bill has published articles in the Maine Bar Journal and has lectured extensively, including local seminars on civil litigation, and lectures at the University of Maine School of Law, the People's University of China, and the Georgetown Law Center. Bill received the 1999 Justice Louis Scolnik Award, presented by the Maine Civil Liberties Union and the 2002 Annual Award presented by the Disability Rights Center. Bill holds an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been distinguished by his peers as a New England Super Lawyer in the area of civil litigation. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Commercial Litigation, Land Use & Zoning and Litigation - Trusts & Estates.Bill serves as Verrill Dana's General Counsel and Loss Prevention Partner. As such, he advises the firm and its members on legal ethics and professionalism, supervises the firm's educational programs on those subjects, and counsels the firm on loss prevention matters. View a selection of matters handled by William Knowles. Clerkships•Chief Judge Ray McNichols, U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho HonorsMember, American Board of Trial AdvocatesAV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2015 Portland, Maine Litigation - Land Use and Zoning Lawyer of the Year Recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2013 Portland, Maine Litigation - Trusts & Estates Lawyer of the Year Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Litigation - Trusts and Estates, Personal Injury Litigation - DefendantsSelected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under General Litigation, Personal Injury Plaintiff: General, Estate & Trust Litigation Recipient of the Maine Civil Liberties Union Justice Louis Scolnik Award (1999) Recipient of the Disability Rights Center's Annual Award (2002) Public ServiceChairman of the Board of Directors, Pine Tree Legal AssistanceFormer Board Member and Legal Director, Maine Civil Liberties Union Board of Directors, Maine Justice Action Group Board of Governors, Maine Trial Lawyers Association (past) Publications May 16, 2012 Pine Tree at 45: Making Justice Happen One Client at a Time Published Works William Knowles November, 1997 Summary Judgment Practice Since Harlow v. Fitzgerald Published Works William Knowles March, 1986 Some Thoughts on Recent Developments in 1983 Jurisprudence Published Works William Knowles Winter, 1982 Landowners Liability Toward Recreational Users: A Critical Comment Published Works William Knowles News September 21, 2015 As Craft Beer Industry Grows, Other Firms Expand With It Media Mentions Charles P. Bacall, William C. Knowles August 21, 2014 Verrill Dana Attorneys in Nine Practice Areas Named “Lawyers of the Year” Press Releases Eric D. Altholz, Lisa S. Boehm, Juliet T. Browne, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Kurt E. Klebe, William C. Knowles, Alan D. MacEwan, David E. Warren, Karen Frink Wolf August 19, 2013 William Knowles Elected as Member of American Board of Trial Advocates Press Releases William C. Knowles September 11, 2012 Verrill Dana Attorneys Earn Lawyer of the Year Status in Seven Areas Press Releases Christopher J.W. Coggeshall, Gregory S. Fryer, Mark K. Googins, William C. Knowles, Suzanne E. Meeker, Michael V. Saxl September 23, 2011 Bill Knowles Elected as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Pine Tree Legal Assistance, Inc. Press Releases William C. Knowles May 12, 2009 Verrill Dana Introduces Probate Litigation Group Press Releases William C. Knowles, Jacqueline W. Rider, Kurt E. Klebe Experience Class Action: Federal-State Medicaid Program Rancourt, et al. v. Concannon, et al., 175 F. Supp. 2d 60 (1st Cir. 2000). Successfully brought class action on behalf of developmentally disabled individuals who were eligible for various services and treatment under Maine's Joint Federal-State Medicaid Program, alleging that rather than being provided treatment and services in a timely fashion, eligible individuals have been placed on long waiting lists for those needed services. Colonial Ordinance Interpretation Bell v. Town of Wells, 557 A.2d 168 (1989). Represented Town of Wells in lawsuit interpreting the Colonial Ordinance and defining rights of public over intertidal zone of Moody Beach for recreational purposes. Constitutional Challenge: Ballots League of Women Voters v. Gwadowsky, 966 F. Supp. 52 (D. Me. 1997). Represented Plaintiffs in successful constitutional challenges to Maine legislation requiring that a candidate's position on term limits appear on the ballot beside the candidate's name. Constitutional Challenge: Campaign Finance Richard E. Kennedy v. William Gardner, et al., No. C-96-574B, (D. N.H. 1998). Represented Plaintiff in a successful constitutional challenge to New Hampshire election laws on campaign financing. EEOC: Discrimination EEOC v. Land Air Express of New England, Docket No. CV-02-036-B-S (D.Me. 2002). Successfully represented Plaintiff-Intervenor in an action brought by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission ( EEOC ) under Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. 12111, et. seq., as well as Title I of the Civil Rights Act of 1991, pursuant to a charge of discrimination she filed against the Defendants with the EEOC. Property Boundary Dispute Landowners mired in a two decade long contest with their neighbors over several acres of land on the Presumpscot River turned to Verrill Dana to resolve the dispute. Stalking Stinson v. Slaughter, No. CV-93-998 (Me. Super. Ct., Cumb. Cty. 1993). Represented Plaintiff in Maine's first stalking case. Jury awarded Plaintiff $550, 000 in damages.Bar Fellowship: Maine Bar FoundationMember, American Board of Trial Advocates