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Cornwell’s firm sues Alex Rodriguez for more than $380,000 in unpaid fees

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Prominent sports attorney David Cornwell, who has represented numerous NFL players and who serves as the executive director of the NFL Coaches Association, handles legal matters in other sports.  Specifically, baseball.

For example, Cornwell successfully represented Ryan Braun in the proposed suspension that didn’t stick (not to be confused with the suspension that did).  Cornwell also represented Alex Rodriguez.

Cornwell’s efforts from May 2013 through December 2013 generated a significant fee.  Some of it was paid.  More than $380,000 allegedly wasn’t.  As a result, the firm of Gordon & Rees sued Rodriguez on Monday in a Manhattan federal court.

The complaint, a copy of which was circulated by the firm, explains the dispute in clear, simple terms.  Among other things, the suit alleges that Desiree Perez of Roc Nation Sports advised Rodriguez “not to pay the invoices, and to make Gordon & Rees sue him.”

Sue him the firm did, and it appears to be an open-and-shut case — unless Rodriguez attempts to claim that there was some sort of wrongdoing on the part of the firm or other justification for not paying.

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16 Responses to “Cornwell’s firm sues Alex Rodriguez for more than $380,000 in unpaid fees”
  1. fin72 says: Jul 14, 2014 11:04 PM

    A-Rod and Roc Nation… Two scumbags perfectly suited for each other.

  2. justintuckrule says: Jul 14, 2014 11:06 PM

    Attorney fees cases are never open and shut. Typically, the firm first needs to offer fee arbitration. I didn’t see if that happened. As for the case, arod got NOTHING for his $$. If cornwell couldn’t get Perez out of the picture because she was undermining the firms defense, cornwell owed arod an obligation to withdraw instead of running up a giant bill.

  3. captainwisdom8888 says: Jul 14, 2014 11:18 PM

    $380,000 to Alex Rodriguez is equivalent to maybe $200 to most everyone else…it’s almost nothing. This guy yawns at the thought of 380 grand, why not just pay it instead of paying a damn lawyer god-knows how much? I don’t know all the details surrounding this, but it sounds like A-Rod stands to lose thousands more by fighting it.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 14, 2014 11:27 PM

    He’s going to claim that Cornwell was juicing the bill.

    Plus, he probably believes he can earn more interest on his money than the default legal interest rate for cases like this involving deadbeat debtors. By the time Cornwell collects, A-Rod will settle on the big decision of what kind of sports car he should use the leverage on to fill that extra space in one of his garages that was bothering him.

  5. donnymacjack says: Jul 14, 2014 11:29 PM

    A-rod…THE most dishonest player in any major sport.

  6. codiablo says: Jul 14, 2014 11:32 PM

    I’ll pretend to comment about arod so he feels someone actually cares…so many rocks, but canseco jr. refuses to crawl under one.

  7. 6250claimer says: Jul 14, 2014 11:45 PM

    As if we needed any more evidence that A-Road was a d-bag. Now he wants to stiff this guy? What a JAMF.

  8. s dirge says: Jul 14, 2014 11:58 PM

    Hardball talk?

  9. corky2141 says: Jul 15, 2014 12:32 AM

    Can he claim that he didn’t pay due to what his sports advisor told him and spin it so that they now have to pay it due to poor council.

  10. rmccleary97 says: Jul 15, 2014 12:37 AM

    Don’t worry, I’m sure A-Rod will tell us soon that this is also part of the massive smear campaign orchestrated by MLB and the Yankees – and now Gordon & Rees is complicit in the conspiracy.

  11. general1santa1hannah1montana says: Jul 15, 2014 12:54 AM

    I guess the NFL’s (short) summer break isn’t quite over if THIS makes football headlines…

  12. therealraider says: Jul 15, 2014 3:19 AM

    Make a Law Firm sue you .. Hmm .. I’m currently debating with myself whether or not I should disparage A-Rod’s “Advice Circle” or disparage A-Rod himself for seeking/listening to/ following/paying .. Such advice.

  13. eagleswin says: Jul 15, 2014 6:36 AM

    It does seem a strange thing to advise your client unless you have something up your sleeve. If Perez is wrong she should have to pay the legal fees for the case.

  14. dcee101 says: Jul 15, 2014 6:58 AM

    Wouldn’t surprise me one bit if this self centered diva went broke one day, even with his record earnings..

  15. steelerben says: Jul 15, 2014 9:02 AM

    Shouldn’t this be on Hardball Talk?

  16. raiderapologist says: Jul 15, 2014 9:11 PM

    Thank you for stitching the NFL connection into the first paragraph. Still, I stopped reading after “Specifically, baseball”.

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