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Or ever: Edward Bennett Williams died of cancer in 1989, much to the despair of his last client, Michael Milken. Yet his memory lives on—in the 1993 edition of the D.C. phone book, where Williams is still listed. Not only is the late litigator listed at Williams & Connolly’s switchboard number, but he has apparently moved with his colleagues to the firm’s new 12th and H Streets address. During his long career, Williams rescued a string of mobsters and politicians from certain conviction, earning a reputation as the lawyer for the damned. Did the firm maintain Williams’ listing in case white-collar criminals or indicted office-holders might look him up, unaware that he is dead? “I don’t know whether we did or didn’t,” snaps Paul Wolff, a member of the firm’s executive committee. EBW would have been proud.