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

Blog

SECURE Act: Change to RMD Trigger Age Should Trigger Your Attention Now

As summarized in our January 7 Client Advisory , the SECURE Act includes many changes that affect the design and administration of retirement plans. One of those changes is the increase to the trigger...

Publication/Podcast

Two Proposed Rules Aim to Increase Organ Donation in the U.S.

Matter

Power Purchase Agreements

Represented a New York wind developer in proceedings in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island to obtain regulatory approval of power purchase agreements with utilities in those three states pursuant to their tristate clean energy...

Matter

Change of Control of Emera Maine

Verrill represented Emera Maine, and its affiliates Chester SVC Partnership and Maine Electric Power Company (the “Utilities”), before the Maine PUC with respect to the Utilities’ request for Commission approval of the change of...

News

Verrill-law.com Earns Gold in the 2020 AVA Digital Awards Competition

Event

Northeastern University RISE Expo

Verrill is sponsoring Northeastern University's RISE Expo on April 9, 2020. Our attorneys, Rob Hover, Dean Phelps, Lin Hymel, Beverly Hjorth, and John Powell, will attend and judge student's work, as well as interview...

News

Verrill Again Honored for Commitment to Pro Bono Service

(February 19, 2020) – Verrill is honored to receive the 2020 Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project (VLP) Firm Pro Bono Achievement Award, presented by VLP during the Maine State Bar Association Annual Business Meeting &...

Blog

Maine Solar Boom: Over 1.5GW of Distributed Solar Capacity in the Queue

Publication/Podcast

2020 Annual Employment Law Update Materials

On Thursday, January 30, members from Verrill's Employment & Labor group, as well as some from the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation group, conducted a full-day seminar full of employment law related topics that...

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...