KQRS Radio Host Tom Barnard Sued by the Estate of His Late Attorney

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August 31, 2017 04:40 PM

The host of the popular KQRS radio morning show, Tom Barnard, is being sued by the estate of his late attorney, Ron Rosenbaum.

The Ron Rosenbaum trust, whose beneficiaries are Rosenbaum's wife and son, filed the lawsuit in Ramsey County Wednesday.


The lawsuit alleges Barnard stopped making payments to the Rosenbaum trust in March of this year, despite having a contract requiring him to pay 5 percent of his KQRS salary through the end of 2019.

"Ron worked hard to provide financial security for his family, I hope (the lawsuit) is resolved soon," said Rosenbaum's widow, Lucy Quinlivan.

According to the suit, Rosenbaum represented Barnard in contract negotiations with KQRS in 2014.  Rosenbaum died on May 29, 2016 at the age of 68.

Rosenbaum was also a successful broadcaster himself. He worked for KSTP-AM 1500 radio from 1998 to 2008.

The suit claims Rosenbaum assigned his "rights and interests" in his agreement with Barnard to the trust in late April of 2016.

Barnard made payments to Rosenbaum and, later, to the trust from January 2015 through February of this year. However, the lawsuit alleges Barnard has failed to make payments to the trust in each of the past six months.

"It's sad the family and lawyers have chosen to do this publicly," said Barnard's attorney, Chris Madel.

The suit seeks more than $50,000, the amount allegedly owed by Barnard to the Rosenbaum Trust from April until present.

"Tom Barnard has done so many charitable things, not only for the Rosenbaum family but for others in the community," Madel added.  "To me, this is sad someone else is trying to take advantage of him like this."

"We'll be defending this with everything we have," said Madel.


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