NEWS ARTICLE from THE MORNING JOURNAL, 3-21-99, By COLLEEN MYTNICK, Morning Journal Writer
"Savior or pest? Attorney Gerald Phillips ...
Those legal brawls have left some people wondering if Phillips has teamed up with Stark and Jacobs in order to stop Avon Commons.
Both Phillips and his neighbor, Linda Eadelis, have been represented by attorney Timothy Grendell in separate cases involving Avon Commons. Grendell, a prominent land-use lawyer, has admitted to working for Stark in the past.
At two separate zoning board meetings where Schneider's plans were being voted on, Phillips presented expert witnesses with connections to the Stark/Jacobs group. One of those, Jay Gardner of the Metro One Design Group, did consulting work for Stark and Jacobs on their Avon plan. The other, landscape architect Steve Targove, also works as an attorney in the law office of Grendell and Targove.
Also, in his zoning lawsuit against Avon Commons, Phillips' co-counsel was Lorain Democratic Party Chairman Tom Smith, who is currently representing the Stark/Jacobs team in their Avon project. [Decision against Avon by Judge Thomas Janas on June 8, 1998. Timothy Grendell was also co-counsel against Avon.]
''Jerry Phillips has found himself on the same side as Stark and Jacobs and is promoting the same interests,'' Avon Councilman Jack Kilroy said. ''I think there's a very good question over whose interests he really represents. And in the one case blocking Avon Commons where Grendell appeared, I think there needs to be an explanation as to how Grendell got involved in that case.''
Phillips denied the charge. ..."