Edward Bennett Williams

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Person.png Edward Bennett Williams   History Commons SpartacusRdf-entity.pngRdf-icon.png
Hartford, Connecticut
Died1988-08-13 (Age 68)
NationalityUnited States
Alma materCollege of the Holy Cross, Georgetown University Law Center

Edward Bennett Williams was a US lawyer who represented many high-profile clients.


Williams graduated from the College of the Holy Cross and Georgetown University Law Center.


He represented many high-profile clients, including Sam Giancana, John Hinckley Jr, Frank Sinatra, financier Robert Vesco, Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner, spy Igor Melekh, Jimmy Hoffa, organized crime figure Frank Costello, oil commodity trader Marc Rich, U.S. Senator Joseph McCarthy, corporate raider Victor Posner, the Washington Post newspaper and the Reverend Sun Myung Moon.

He successfully defended – among others – Adam Clayton Powell, Jr., the Teamsters Union, John Connally and, as one of his last clients, Michael Milken.


Two of Williams' closest friends were the Washington Post's Art Buchwald and Ben Bradlee. His debating team partner at Holy Cross was Robert Maheu, Howard Hughes's right-hand man for many years. Williams worked with Maheu in the defence of a former OSS agent, Aldo Icardi, accused of murdering Major William Holohan and stealing $100 million in gold to distribute among Italian partisans.[1]