STEPHEN K. RUSH
Steve Rush is founding partner of Rush Law Group and has 30 years of experience in intellectual property and commercial law.
Before forming the Rush Law Group, Mr. Rush was associated for more than eight years with the New York-based Sukin Law Group. As head of the firm’s Nashville office, the Sukin Rush Law Group, he specialized in intellectual property law in the music publishing arena. In 2002, he also founded the Rush Capital LLC to assist individuals and businesses with intellectual property assets with access to capital through securitization.
Mr. Rush began his legal career with the Nashville-based firm of Farris Warfield and Kanaday, where he was a partner specializing in commercial litigation and international business law for 18 years. He has had an international practice since 1985.
Mr. Rush is a member of the Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations, and the Society of International Business Fellows.
After the fall of the Iron Curtain, Mr. Rush developed and secured grant funding for an innovative program to train Russian attorneys to conduct jury trials. He is a past member of the board of directors for the World Trade Council of Middle Tennessee and past chairman of the Tennessee District Export Council.
A graduate of Vanderbilt Law School, Mr. Rush received undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering from Stanford University and attained the rank of Commander USNR in the submarine service of the United States Navy.
A 16-year veteran of the music publishing industry, Susan Burger consults on publishing issues of the firm’s clients and provides evaluation and due diligence services as it relates to catalog acquisitions and bank lending with respect to intellectual properties. She also manages the administration and protection of music copyrights as well as the approval and issuance of mechanical and synchronization licenses.
Ms. Burger joined Rush Law Group after serving for eight years as a copyright specialist with the Sukin Rush Law Group, where she was involved in all areas of music copyright protection for clients, both foreign and domestic. In this capacity, she worked with the publishing catalogs of such well-known entities as the George Gershwin Estate, the Elvis Presley Estate, the Bob Marley Estate, U2, Neil Young, Roy Orbison, Charles Aznavour, Lieber & Stoller, Warner-Chappell Music and Acuff-Rose Publishing. She traveled extensively in Europe and South America representing various clients to promote their business concerns, including negotiating and obtaining sub-publishing arrangements for U.S. publishing companies.
Ms. Burger was formerly chairman and CEO of Green River International, Inc. (GRI), a consulting firm representing U.S. and foreign companies in their development of world markets. On behalf of GRI, she developed strategic partnerships in Northern Ireland, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Brazil and China.
Ms. Burger served as a director of the American Russian Young Artists Orchestra and chaired the Nashville Committee for the Orchestra’s 1999 World Tour. She also served as director and vice president of the Southeastern Institute for Law & Commerce, as past president of the World Trade Council of the Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce, and on the advisory committee for the Celebration of Cultures at Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville.
A classical musician, Ms. Burger studied piano for 13 years and taught for three years before starting her business career.