Report: Lawyer to sue Alex Rodriguez over unpaid legal fees

A-Rod is reportedly being sued over not paying legal fees.
A-Rod is reportedly being sued over not paying legal fees. (USATSI)

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Former (and future?) Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez is set to be sued by one of his lawyers, David Cornwell, over unpaid legal fees, according to a report in the New York Daily News.

The details in the report:

Veteran sports attorney David Cornwell, who represented Rodriguez in his 2013 Biogenesis doping battle, intends to sue Rodriguez next week for nonpayment of roughly a half-million dollars in legal fees, the Daily News has learned.

According to two sources, Cornwell and his Atlanta-based firm, Gordon and Rees LLP, recently notified Major League Baseball and the MLB players union about their plans to file a suit next week in US District Court in the Southern District of New York.

And since it's A-Rod, there's more to the story and it's quite a twist. Per the Daily News, Rodriguez says he believes he was "ill-served" by his lawyers and got some bad advice. Thus, he has asked for discounts from his crack squad of paid personnel (including "lawyers, private investigators and public relations experts."

And if A-Rod claims he was badly wronged, what if he brings a countersuit for legal malpractice? Well, the plot thickens even further:

"If Alex Rodriguez claims he shouldn't have to pay his attorney because the attorney gave him bad advice, it seems likely that a court will allow the attorney to tell the world what Alex was telling him at the time he gave the advice," said Daily News legal analyst Tom Harvey ( "The Code of Professional Responsibility specifically provides that a lawyer may reveal confidences or secrets necessary to defend against accusation of wrongful conduct."

Yep, bye bye attorney-client confidentiality in that case. It's hard to see the PR-obsessed A-Rod giving the OK to that.

Didn't everyone miss A-Rod and the drama that comes with him?

Rodriguez, who will turn 39 later this month, is serving a season-long suspension for his ties to the Biogenesis scandal. He hit .244/.348/.423 with seven homers and 19 RBI in 44 games last season. He is set to make $61 million in the final three years of his contract, which ends after the 2017 season.

Hat-tip: Hardball talk

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Matt Snyder has been a baseball writer with CBS Sports since 2011. A member of the BBWAA, he's now covered the last six World Series beginning with the epic 2011 Fall Classic. The former Indiana University... Full Bio

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