Bill Hufnagel, a former Trust Officer at Bank of Maine, NA in Augusta, opened this office in Winthrop in 1977. Howard Lake joined him in 1978. Together, they practiced as Hufnagel and Lake on Main Street for 20 years until Bill’s sudden death in 1998. Mary Denison joined Howard Lake and Margaret Kenney in 2012 and they have continued the practice focusing on real estate, elder law, estate planning and administration, and business law. Lake and Denison serves clients statewide.

R. Howard Lake, Esq.

A.B., Government, Colby College, 1975
J.D., University of Maine School of Law, 1978

Joined William F. Hufnagel in 1978 and has practiced in Winthrop since then.

Concentration areas of Real Estate, Estate Planning and Administration, Business Law and Land Conservation. Member of The Kennebec County and Maine State Bar Associations, Chair of Real Estate and Title Section 2005-2006.

Howard is a founder, past president and current director of the Kennebec Land Trust. He is a past board member of the Winthrop Area Chamber of Commerce and Maine Conservation Voters. Recipient of the 2011 Colby College Goldfarb Center Community Philanthropy Award.


Mary A. Denison, Esq.

B.A. Oberlin College, 1984
J.D. University of Maine School of Law, 2001

Joined Howard Lake in 2012 to form Lake and Denison, LLP. Partner at Dyer Goodall & Denison from 2005 to 2012, associate at Dyer Goodall & Federle from 2002 to 2005.

Concentration in land use and municipal law, environmental law, real estate, and business transactions. Currently serves on the Civil Rules Committee of the Maine Judicial Branch, the Grievance Panel of the Maine Board of Bar Overseers, the Readfield Planning Board, and as Secretary of the Kennebec Land Trust. Past president of the Maine Women’s Lobby.



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