Scott D. Phillips
West Chester, OH
West Chester, OH
Scott’s practice focuses on land use, zoning and real estate litigation matters in state and federal courts. He also represents clients with construction and general business/commercial disputes. He practiced with the law firm of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue from 1991 through 1993, after which he became associated with Frost & Jacobs LLP, now known as Frost Brown Todd LLC.
Successfully represented several homeowners in an action to enforce a restrictive covenant limiting development in a subdivision.
Represented State of Ohio in 50 plus eminent domain actions involving alleged flooding of farm lands.
Obtained an injunction on behalf of a Township to prevent the operator of a kids’ play place and paintball facility from also operating as a teen night club.
Negotiated zoning approval for psychiatric hospital.
Successfully prosecuted protest to Board of Elections on behalf of Township client related to initiative petition.
On behalf of developer won lawsuit approving large student housing development at local university.
Successfully defended Township denial of zoning change for large retail development.
Represented several counties in claims brought by the EPA for alleged wrongful discharge of raw sewage. Demand was in excess of $100,000,000. Client did not pay any amounts.
Defended client in high-profile zoning case that resulted in the right to develop a social service agency, despite City Council and neighborhood opposition.
Implemented and successfully defended challenge to first development moratorium by statutory township in the State of Ohio.
Defended Township and successfully resolved a lawsuit brought by a Mosque when its proposed project was denied.
Won a judgment for a Township against a City attempting to divert real estate taxes in an annexed territory.
On behalf of a Township, won a trial in which a car dealership was attempting to display vehicles in its parking lot.
On behalf of a village, spearheaded the opposition of a residential development being sited in an abandoned quarry pit on property immediately adjacent to the village. The case attracted significant publicity. After several months of procedural maneuvering, the developer abandoned the project and sold the land to the village.
Assisted several local governments in large economic development projects.
Represented a village’s interests in a highly publicized BZA proceeding regarding the establishment of an underground limestone mine in a neighboring jurisdiction.
Obtained a large settlement for a corporate client related to lease over-charges.
Settled numerous eminent domain actions for amounts favorable to clients.
Assisted in conducting a comprehensive review of a City Zoning Code for a City client.
Represented an urban school district in numerous contentious and highly publicized zoning disputes.
Successfully mediated federal lawsuits for significantly less than the cost to defend the case.
Defended Township in administrative appeal regarding a property owner’s non-vested right to construct a fireworks retail store.
Brought lawsuits on behalf of various governmental entities in products liability cases related to piping, resulting in multi-million dollar settlements.
Represented a village in numerous zoning and land use dispute including a publicized action brought by the ACLU over an ordinance that restricted the display of political signs.
On behalf of an aggregate company, obtained siting of a stone quarry on the only alleged Civil War battle site in Ohio.
Law Director for several southwest Ohio Townships – Liberty Township (Butler County), Deerfield Township (Warren County), Washington Township (Montgomery County), and the Village of Indian Hill (Hamilton County).
Assistant Law Director for West Chester Township, Ohio.
American University Washington College of Law, J.D., with honors, 1989
Southern Methodist University, B.B.A., with honors, B.A., with honors, 1984
Law Clerk, Honorable Robert D. Potter, U.S. District Court, Charlotte, North Carolina, 1989-1991
Selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers®, 2017-2019
The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation, 2010-2019
The Best Lawyers in America®, Land Use & Zoning Law, Litigation – Land Use & Zoning and Litigation – Municipal, 2012, 2013, 2017-19
The Best Lawyers in America®, Lawyer of the Year 2018-2019, Litigation – Municipal
AV® Rated, Martindale-Hubbell®
Frost Brown Todd Mentor of the Year, 2012
Cincinnati Bar Association
Ohio State Bar Association
Butler County Bar Association
CityLink Center, Board Member
OneCity Foundation, Board Member
Crossroads Community Church, Core Group Member
OneCity Against Heroin, Board Member
Greater Cincinnati United Way, Executive Committee Member
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy, VP of Board of Directors
Cincinnati Christian University, Past Board Member
Cincinnati Works, Past Board Member
Butler County Republican Party, Past Executive Committee Member
Greater Miami Valley YMCA, Past Board Member
West Chester Township Zoning Commission, Past Chairman
Cincinnati United, Past Soccer Coach
CityCure, Past Board Member
Vineyard Community Church, Past Board of Directors
West Chester/Liberty Chamber of Commerce, Past Government Relations Committee
West Chester Boys and Girls Club, Past Board Member
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