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Biography

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.

 

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Work History

Prior Work Experience

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.

Experience

Legal Work History 

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.

Education

Clerkship

Bar Membership

Scott is licensed to practice in the following state:

Ohio, 1989

Recognition

Local & National Recognition

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

Professional Affiliations

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

Cincinnati Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Butler County Bar Association

Civic Activities

Civic & Charitable Organizations

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

Firm Committees

Scott serves on the following committees at Frost Brown Todd:

Recruiting Committee, Chair

Member-in-Charge, West Chester office

Service Area Leader, Real Estate and Zoning Litigation