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Knapp, Alice, Attorney (from category Shopping & gifts of Richmond, Maine Businesses)

Alice Knapp, General Civil Practice, Specialzing in Family Law, Health Law & Administrative Practice

Alice Knapp is a 1988 graduate of the University Of Maine School Of Law. She did her undergraduate studies in political science at Mt. Holyoke and Bard Colleges, graduating from Bard in 1982. After passing the Bar Exam in 1988, Alice worked through two legislative sessions as a lobbyist for the Maine Chamber of Commerce and Industry with the aim of learning the legislative process. Alice left the Chamber in 1990 to pursue her passion for public service and began an 11 year career with State of Maine Bureau of Insurance, serving first as a Staff Attorney and later as the first Director of the legislatively created Consumer Health Care Division. After leaving State service in 2000, Alice joined the Bangor health law practice of Duane Morris, a Philadelphia based law firm that now counts itself among the 100 largest law firms in the country. On May 1, 2002, Ms. Knapp founded a solo law practice in Richmond. Her offices are in the old Richmond Hotel, which had been sitting for sale in downtown Richmond vacant and rotting since Alice moved to Richmond in early 1989. Built around 1836, the old hotel was included on Maine Historic Preservation’s 1997 list of Maine’s most endangered historic properties. As she had always had a soft spot for the building, Alice found a partner (Bangor native Matt Tilley) interested in renovating the structure and they undertook its acquisition and renovation in 2002. Built by the Hathorns, a local family in the shipping and trade business, the building has seen many structural changes and changes in use. With the rise of shipbuilding and trade on the Kennebec River in the 19th century, the area prospered and the Richmond Hotel served as a way station and watering hole for ships’ crews and other travelers. The property once boasted a livery stable and a movie theater was once housed in an attached shed. Life-long Richmond resident Larry Bond, now owner of a local orchard, told Alice his parents honeymooned at the Hotel in 1921. The many postcards owned by the Richmond Historical Society show the Hotel in its heyday. In the 1950’s and 60’s, the building was owned by the Alexander Nevsky Foundation and was used as an old age home for the area’s Russian émigré Alice’s civic activities include service on the Richmond Planning Board from1991-1998 (co-chair from 1995-1998); election to the Town of Richmond Board of Selectmen 6/98-6/01 & 11/01-6/05 (Board Chair 6/04-6/05); service as a public member of the Sagadahoc County Budget Advisory Committee from 2005-2008; and service on the Board of Directors of the Richmond Area Health Center Advisory Board. Alice is also a past Board Member of Consumers For Affordable Health Care. With ultimate funding from the Land For Maine’s Future Board, Alice worked with the Nature Conservancy in 2004 to preserve a 60+ acre parcel in Bowdoinham on behalf of elderly Richmond clients. Alice ran for State Senate as a Clean Election Independent Candidate in 2004 and won 14% of the overall vote, defeating the victorious incumbent in Richmond. Most recently, Alice successfully advocated for and drafted LD 1620, which, in amended form, was enacted April 1, 2010 as PL Chapter 588, An Act To Protect Health Care Consumers from Catastrophic Debt, Maine’s first-in-the-nation state law prohibiting aggregate benefit caps in health insurance plans Alice maintains a health and administrative law practice alongside her commitment to serving the community as a small town general practitioner. Her practice focus areas include family law, personal injury, insurance law, civil litigation, real estate transactions, landlord-tenant, estate planning and contracts.
Address:21 Main St. Suite 1, Richmond, Maine 04357

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