Bloomberg Law
April 5, 2022, 7:06 PM

MLB Union Spent Big on Lawyers to Secure Deal That Saved Season

Brian Baxter
Brian Baxter

The Major League Baseball Players Association paid $3.5 million in legal fees last year, with Winston & Strawn taking the largest share, as the union sought to resolve a labor dispute threatening the 2022 baseball season.

Winston & Strawn, a longtime legal adviser to baseball players and their brethren in other sports, collected more than $2.2 million for handling grievance and salary arbitration work. The fees were more than a five-fold increase over the $386,100 the firm billed the New York-based union in 2020.

The bulk of the union’s 2021 legal work was tied to a collective bargaining agreement ...

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