Biography

Bill serves as Verrill'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.

Bill's general civil trial practice focuses on personal injury, probate, and real estate litigation. He has tried more than 50 cases, representing both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts, where his success rate is more than 75% before Maine juries.

Bill has published articles in the Maine Bar Journal and has lectured extensively, including in local seminars on civil litigation, and lectures at the University of Maine School of Law, the People's University of China, and the Georgetown University Law Center.

View a selection of matters handled by William Knowles.

Services/Industries

Education

  • University of Idaho  (J.D.)
  • University of Warwick  (LL.B.)
  • Indiana University  (B.A.)

Public Service

  • Board Member and former Chair of the Board of Directors, Pine Tree Legal Assistance
  • Board of Directors, Maine Justice Action Group
  • Board of Governors, Maine Trial Lawyers Association (past)
  • Board Member and Legal Director, Maine Civil Liberties Union (past)

Bar Admissions

  • Idaho
  • Maine

Memberships

  • Maine State Bar Association
  • Past Member, Gignoux Inn of Courts
  • Maine Trial Lawyers Association
  • Fellow, Maine Justice Foundation
  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates

Honors

  • Recipient of the Peter DeTroy III Award, presented by the Campaign for Justice (2018)
  • Recipient of the Janet Milley Award, presented by Pine Tree Legal Assistance (2015)
  • Recipient of the Annual Award, presented by the Disability Rights Center (2002)
  • Recipient of the Justice Louis Scolnik Award, presented by the Maine Civil Liberties Union (1999)
  • AV 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 - Defendants
  • Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers© under General Litigation, Personal Injury Plaintiff: General, Estate & Trust Litigation

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Clerkships

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho, Chief Judge Ray McNichols

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Firm Highlights

Publication/Podcast

Should Health Care Employers Prepare for COVID-19 As A Work-Related Injury?

While we know that everyone is being bombarded with COVID-19 recommendations, advice, news, and data, another important issue to manage in the workplace is the possibility of COVID-19 infection, if acquired at work and...

News

Available Take-Home Methadone Doses for Patients

Attorney Jim Cohen was mentioned in a Portland Press Herald article, "Methadone restrictions relaxed during pandemic, but not for everyone." The article describes the recent relaxed federal restrictions for the drug, due to the...

Event

2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop

Health care attorney Emily Fogler will be presenting at the 2020 OHRP Exploratory Workshop in the third session, discussing sharing responsibilities and protecting participants - redefining roles in the single IRB era. Stay tuned...

Event

Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting: Flexible Work Options

Employment and labor attorney Tawny Alvarez will be presenting at the Central Maine Human Resources Association Chapter Meeting. This month's chapter meeting will focus on flexible work options. Tawny will discuss how policy impacts...

News

Maine's 'Thoughtful' and 'Aggressive' Response to COVID-19

On Wednesday, April 8, the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce had its first ever virtual Eggs & Issues, moderated by Jim Cohen, volunteer board president of the Portland Community Chamber of Commerce and Verrill...

Blog

Financial Institutions . . . In the News

Hundreds of business owners filing federal aid applications with lenders. ( Portland Press Herald 4.6.2020) Maine Securities Administrator Judith Shaw cautions to be careful of scammers. ( Central Maine 4.6.2020) New Dimensions Federal Credit...

Matter

Management Inefficiency

Verrill represented Emera in its 2017 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC, which included: defeating Staff's proposed reduction to allowed return on equity for "management inefficiency;" approval of new expenditures, such as an...

Blog

Commercial Co-Ventures: What You Need to Know During a Pandemic

Matter

Management Audit

Verrill represented Emera in its 2016 distribution rate case before the Maine PUC. The case involved issues relating to significant new capital investments, including Emera's new customer information system and a controversial substation investment...

Publication/Podcast

Executive Order Temporarily Modifies Requirements for In-Person Notarization and Acknowledgement in Maine

On April 8, 2020, Maine Governor Janet Mills signed an Executive Order titled “An Order Temporarily Modifying Certain In-Person Notarization and Acknowledgement Requirements.” The purpose of this Order is to enable citizens to execute...