Biography

For more than 40 years, Bob has represented music industry clients, including artists, managers, record companies, music publishers, producers, studios, concert promoters and venues, as well as media and technology companies.

During this time, he has counseled an eclectic group of artists and managers of artists who have collectively sold more than 250 million albums. Several of Bob’s clients have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Jazz Hall of Fame, while others have won awards, such as the Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Foundation “Genius” grants. As a result of his experience in the industry, his practice covers the full gamut of entertainment services.

Bob has been involved in a number of high-profile cases, including:

  • Being part of the legal team that won a substantial judgment in unpaid royalties for rock'n'roll icon Ronnie Spector.
  • Playing a significant role in getting Congress to repeal the anti-music artist amendments to the works-for-hire provisions of the Copyright Act.
  • Former New York State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer gave Bob much of the credit for the settlement of a case involving “suspense accounts” that resulted in the payment of $55 million dollars in back-due royalties to artists.
  • Assisting in presenting the Central Park free concert series that included artists such as James Taylor, Elton John, Diana Ross and the record-breaking Simon & Garfunkel reunion.
  • Pioneering celebrity endorsement deals that paired rock artists with non-music-related products.

Before Fox Rothschild

Prior to joining Fox, Bob was a partner in the New York office of Lommen Abdo, a Minneapolis-based law firm with the largest entertainment law practice in the Midwest. Before that, he spent more than 30 years in private practice as a music lawyer.

Early in his career, Bob served as in-house counsel for Leber-Krebs, which launched the careers of Aerosmith, AC/DC, Def Leppard, Parliament Funkadelic and many other well-known recording artists.

Beyond Fox Rothschild

Bob gives guest lectures on entertainment law at colleges, law schools and music industry conferences such as SXSW and CMJ. He is also frequently quoted on music law issues in The New York Times, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard and other publications.

So far, Bob has been awarded 40 gold and platinum albums.

In his home county of Westchester, NY, Bob has served as a Justice of the Peace. He is also a trained mediator and has served as an arbitrator on more than 100 entertainment-related disputes.

In 2005, Bob formed a music publishing administration company with composer Dan Coleman called Modern Works Music. Today, Modern Works is the 25th largest music publisher in the United States and one of the top three companies devoted exclusively to administration. It is responsible for a catalog of thousands of important compositions, including “Flashlight,” “From A Distance,” “Rockit,” “I Wish,” and “Sunshine (Go Away Today).” In the past decade, Modern Works songwriters and publishers have garnered more than 100 Grammy® nominations and awards.

Bob is famous for his New York wiseguy sense of humor, exemplified by the desk plaques he has given to hundreds of colleagues that read: "Become an entertainment lawyer. Touch paper touched by superstars."

Bob is also an oyster farmer.

Honors & Awards

  • Named among Billboard Magazine’s 50 Attorneys of Note in the Music Biz
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” by New York Metro (2011-2014)
  • Rated AV Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Named one of the 100 Most Distinguished Lawyers in the United States of Irish American descent by Irish America magazine
  • Named in Who's Who in Entertainment
  • Received special recognition awards from the Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts and from St. John’s Law School Entertainment Law Society