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Verrill Dana, LLP

William C. Knowles

William C. Knowles

General Counsel

Verrill Dana, LLP
Maine, U.S.A.

tel: (207) 253 4604
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Bill Knowles has maintained a general civil trial practice, with an emphasis on civil rights, commercial, 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.

View a selection of matters handled by William Knowles.

Bar Admissions

Idaho, 1981
Maine, 1982
U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit), 1991
U.S. Supreme Court, 1994


University of Idaho (J.D., 1980)
University of Warwick (LL.B., 1978)
Indiana University (B.A., 1975)
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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 & Zoning, Litigation - Trusts & Estates and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Selected 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)

Professional Associations

    Maine State Bar Association
    Maine Trial Lawyers Association
    Past Member, Gignoux Inn of Courts
    Maine Bar Foundation

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