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Paul Tash’s daughter representing company in Bill Edwards lawsuit

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The attorney-daughter of Times Publishing Company chairman and CEO Paul Tash is now among the lawyers involved in a case lodged by whistleblowers against St. Petersburg developer and philanthropist Bill Edwards and his former Mortgage Investors Corp., court records show.

Kendyl Tash (Photo: Holland & Knight)

The case was originally filed in federal court in Atlanta. Two whistleblowers, as the Tampa Bay Times has reported in this years-long saga, “accuse Edwards of ‘looting’ millions from his defunct mortgage company.”

In a federal court filing earlier this summer in Tampa, the plaintiffs are trying to subpoena information from another Edwards company, Marketing Solutions Publications, which is trying to get out of the case.

Representing that company, among others, is none other than Kendyl B. Tash, an associate in the Tampa office of the Holland & Knight firm—and Tash’s daughter.

The Times often reports on this suit and Edwards’ many projects, including his effort to bring a Major League Soccer team to St. Petersburg.

Is it a conflict of interest for his daughter to represent the company? Probably not. But why hasn’t the newspaper that Tash controls—which endorsed Edwards’ top employee, Rick Baker, for mayor—at least published a disclosure of the familial link?

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Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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