John Taylor “Ike” Williams

Ike is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (in every edition since 1991); the Top 100 Massachusetts Super lawyers from 2004 – 2023 for either entertainment, First Amendment, or media law; Fortune Magazine’s Top-Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law (2010-2023);  a “2016 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law” by American Lawyer Media, and has been a Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent™ rated attorney for over 45 years.

John Taylor “Ike” Williams of Sennott, Williams & Rogers, LLPJohn Taylor “Ike” Williams’s practice emphasizes intellectual property and media and entertainment law including the creation, production, and licensing of intellectual property, particularly in the areas of publishing, film, television, music, and new media. He is the co-author with E. Gabriel Perle and Mark Fischer of the widely used Perle, Williams & Fischer on Publishing Law (2 Vol. Aspen Law and Business), has served as chair of the National Endowment for the Arts Awards Panel, a former Trustee and counsel of the Institute of Contemporary Art and The Huntington Theatre, Chair of the Boston Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, Co-Chair of the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Trustee of the Massachusetts School of Art and Design and the Chair of the City of Cambridge Arts Council.

Mr. Williams is a Advisor of The Edward O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and The Charleston Literary Festival (SC). He has lectured on intellectual property and media law at the law schools of Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Northeastern University, Boston University, Boston College, the New England School of Law and Wilkes University.

Mr. Williams is the recipient of the American Jewish Committee’s 2005 Judge Learned Hand Award and Middlesex School’s 2011 Henry Cabot Lodge Award for public service. He is the author of The Shores of Bohemia: A Cape Code Story 1910 – 1960 (Farrar Straus & Giroux 2022).

Mr. Williams is admitted to the federal and state bars in Massachusetts and the United States Supreme Court and is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He is also a founding partner of the Boston literary agency, Kneerim & Williams, LLC.

Phone: 617.303.1650

Ike’s long-awaited book, The Shores of Bohemia! 

Williams is the author of The Shores of Bohemia, published by Farrar Strauss & Giroux, in hardcover May of 2022 and paperback in May of 2023. The book was named a “Best Book of the 2023” in the New Yorker.