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Kate Knox is chair of Bernstein Shur’s Legislative and Political Law practice group and serves on the firm’s Board of Directors. She focuses her practice on lobbying, campaign compliance and election law. Kate represents a wide variety of clients before the Maine State Legislature, and provides those clients with comprehensive lobbying services from drafting legislation and administrative rules to representing her clients before Legislative Committees and the Maine Senate and House of Representatives. Past projects include:
In 2009, Kate worked with her client, EqualityMaine, to draft and pass legislation legalizing same-sex marriage in Maine. This effort marked the first time in U.S. history that such legislation passed in both the House and Senate – and was signed into law by the sitting governor.
In addition to lobbying, Kate specializes in advising clients on all aspects of campaign finance laws, including government ethics requirements, political action committee formation and governance, and ballot question campaigns. Her clients include large national trade associations, public interest groups, corporations, and candidates seeking public office – all of whom seek assistance complying with Maine’s complex and unusual campaign finance laws. Kate appears frequently before the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices representing clients on a wide variety of compliance and ethics issues. Her knowledge of the Maine political landscape makes her uniquely qualified to advise all types of clients about how to participate in and influence politics in Maine. Past projects include:
Kate currently serves as general counsel to the Maine Democratic Party. In that role, she provides comprehensive legal services to the Party which includes compliance assistance to individual candidates, representation before the Maine Ethics Commission and assistance in navigating Maine’s Clean Election laws.
Kate is recognized in Best Lawyers in America for her work in Government Relations Law, and in 2008 Kate was named a New England Super Lawyers Rising Star in the area of Government/Cities/Municipal Law. For her efforts on the historic passage of Maine’ Marriage Equality Bill, the Portland Phoenix named Kate one of Maine’s “up and comers” noting, “she might be the next big leader in Maine’s civil rights battles.” In 2010 and 2014, the Maine Democratic Party honored Kate as a “Partner in Pride.” She received the 2014 Outstanding Alumna Award from the Women’s Law Association at the University of Maine School of Law. Kate is also an adjunct professor at University of Maine School of Law.
JD, University of Maine School of Law, 2004
MSW, University of Maine School of Social Work, 1993
BS, Skidmore College, 1990
Admitted to practice:
State of Maine
Maine State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Cumberland County Bar Association
National Association of Social Workers
National Association of Women Lawyers