Attorneys & Staff
Elder Law Office of Kienitz and Pross, P.A. offers an expert legal team working together with over 25 years of elder law experience.
Mia Poliquin Pross, Esq.
Mia focuses on helping families plan for long term care needs and transitions, navigating Medicaid (MaineCare) eligibility and applications, estate planning and probate estate administration. She brings to the practice varied experience in finance, health insurance, and social policy. Before joining the Elder Law Office of Kienitz and Pross P.A , she spent many years in the non-profit sector, advocating on behalf of vulnerable populations and developing her empathetic nature, ability to listen intently, and thoughtful approach to problem-solving. Attorney Poliquin Pross is a member of the Maine State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section, National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), and Androscoggin County Bar Association. She has been active with the City of Auburn Planning Board and with the Good Food Council of Lewiston Auburn.
She graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Social Work from Plymouth State University and earned her Juris Doctor in 2004 from the University of New Hampshire School of Law where she served as co-chair of the Public Interest Coalition and as Chief Note Editor for the Pierce Law Review. She is a Lewiston native, and currently resides in Auburn with her husband and daughter.
James F. Pross, Esq.
Jim is an attorney at the Elder Law Office of Kienitz & Pross. He has been in private practice in Maine since 2004. Jim has experience in many areas of the law, including Social Security Disability, real estate law, and general litigation. At the Elder Law Office of Kientiz & Pross, Jim represents clients in probate court and works to assist clients with their estate planning and long term care planning. Jim is frequently complimented by his clients for his attentiveness and caring nature. Jim is admitted to practice law in the State of Maine, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, and in the U.S. First Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Maine State Bar Association’s Elder Law Section and the Androscoggin County Bar Association.
Jim is active in the community. He has served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Androscoggin Land Trust since 2009, including two terms as its President. Jim was elected to a two-year term as a City Councilor for Auburn and served a two-year term as a member of the Auburn School Committee. Born in rural Sussex County, New Jersey, Jim earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Charleston, where he also rowed competitively as a member of the crew team. After graduating, Jim worked for two years in the West Virginia Department of Tax and Revenue. In 2001, he moved to Concord, New Hampshire to attend law school, receiving his J.D., cum laude from the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Jim and his wife, Mia, live in Auburn with their daughter. He has appeared in speaking roles in two films, enjoys skiing with his family, watching sports, fishing, playing the guitar, and playing chess.
Kathleen E. Kienitz, Esq., Of Counsel
Kathleen has practiced elder law and estate planning in Lewiston for more than 30 years. She has been a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA) during most of that timeframe and was one of the first certified elder law attorneys (CELA) through the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) in Maine. She has served on the board of Directors of NELF, and has been the past chairperson of the Elder Law Section of the Maine State Bar Association, as well as a past board member and vice chair of Maine Legal Services for the Elderly. She has been a frequent planner and faculty member of New England regional and statewide continuing legal education seminars. Attorney Kienitz graduated from Michigan State University summa cum laude with a B. Mus., and from Northeastern University School of Law. She raised three children in Maine, and has recently joined the ranks of grandparenthood. When she can’t spend time with her family, her Tonkinese cats keep her on her toes, and her piano keeps her fingers nimble.
Legal Assistant Debra Polley and Paralegal Deborah (Gajewski) Poliquin