Music Lawyer Bob Sullivan Passes

Robert Sullivan

Prominent music-business attorney Bob Sullivan has died of leukemia at age 59.

Sullivan was a partner at Loeb & Loeb LLP. During his career, his clients included Johnny Cash, B.B. King, Thompson Square, The Fray, Peter Frampton, Lynyrd Skynyrd, EMI Publishing, John Prine, The Carter Family and Waylon Jennings.

Robert Lee “Bob” Sullivan was born Dec. 18, 1951 in Anna, IL. He graduated magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University in 1974 and from Vanderbilt Law School in 1977.

In addition to practicing on Music Row, he taught intellectual property and copyright law at Belmont University and Nashville School of Law. He was also a singer and guitarist in several area bands over the years.

Bob Sullivan died at home on Thursday, Sept. 15 after battling his disease for 14 months. He is survived by his wife Catherine Cate, mother Wilma Jean, brother James Terry and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation with the family will be at West End United Methodist Church on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10 a.m., followed by a memorial service at 11 a.m. Additional visitation will be noon to 1 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Vanderbilt University School of Law, Development & Alumni Relations, 131 21st Ave. S., Nashville 37203, to the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, 211 Commerce St., Suite 100, Nashville 37201 or to West End United Methodist Church, 2200 West End Ave., Nashville 37203.

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Robert K. Oermann is a longtime contributor to MusicRow. He is a respected music critic, author and historian.

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