Suspended New York Yankee slugger Alex Rodriguez is being sued for attorney fees by one of the firms in the legal “dream team” he hired to fight accusations that he used performance enhancing drugs.
The firm of Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani said Rodriguez, currently serving an unprecedented 162-game suspension imposed by Major League Baseball, owes $380,058.91—money he agreed to pay in May 2013 when he retained the firm and partner, David Cornwell, a veteran sports attorney. Cornwall, based in the firm’s Atlanta office, is an expert in representing professional athletes accused of violating their sports’ drug and steroid policies.
Even though Rodriguez “unequivocally promised” to pay the firm for extensive legal work, he “now refuses to pay a substantial portion of the legal fees incurred over the course of eight months in connection with Gordon & Rees’ hard work and long hours on one of the most high-stakes sports litigations in history,” the complaint stated in Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani v. Rodriguez, 14 cv 5252.
The complaint, filed by firm partner Peter Siachos, also seeks prejudgment interest and attorney fees. Siachos said Rodriguez refused to pay the $380,058.91 at the direction of Desiree Perez of the Jay-Z celebrity management company Roc Nation. Perez allegedly told Rodriguez “not to pay the invoices, and to make Gordon & Rees sue him.”
The firm claims it racked up “thousands of hours of work” from May to December 2013 and that Rodriguez only paid part of the money due. It also seeks to compel Rodriguez into fee arbitration in Georgia. The case has been assigned to Judge William Pauley.