John S. Peterson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Peterson Law Group
 | 633 West Fifth Street, 28th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-236-9720
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain (70%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

John S. Peterson is recognized for his work in the area of eminent domain, inverse condemnation, landslide and subsidence, and business and real estate litigation. He is the founder and managing shareholder of Peterson Law Group in Los Angeles, California and with offices in Irvine, California.

Lawyer John Peterson has been elected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates; eligibility requires completion of a prescribed number of jury trials and nomination and election by the membership, which includes some of the nation’s best trial lawyers. He has earned an AV rating* in Martindale-Hubbell and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for more than 25 years. He has been selected to Best Lawyers in Los Angeles, 2013-2016. In 2014-2015, Peterson Law Group, PC was named a Tier 1 Law Firm in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law in Los Angeles in the Best Lawyers/U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms publication.

Attorney John Peterson has been featured as a speaker on eminent domain on local television and national radio shows, and has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times and the L.A. Business Journal on articles involving his cases.

Mr. Peterson has served as trial counsel in several successful jury trials, including a $10.5 million jury verdict in an eminent domain matter, where the original offer was $5.4 million; and in another jury trial, he obtained a $4 million verdict, where the original offer was $840,000.

Mr. Peterson won a $28 million result on behalf of an owner-client in an eminent domain case where the original offer was less than half that amount.  He is currently engaged in several multi-million cases on behalf of owner clients against various government agencies throughout California.

In a recent inverse condemnation matter on behalf of an owner-client, he achieved a $4.6 million result paid by the city for repair of a landslide where liability was disputed.

*CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards. Just five percent of attorneys are selected for the AV rating.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Eminent Domain (70%)

Land Use/Zoning (20%)

Real Estate (10%)

Selections

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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2017

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About John Peterson

Admitted: 1981, California

Professional Webpage: http://www.petersonlawgroup.com/firm_profile.htm#John_S._Pet...

Honors and Awards:

  • Selected to Best Lawyers in Los Angeles, 2013-2017, in Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law, Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Peterson Law Group PC, 2015 Winner, Litigator Awards, Eminent Domain, Los Angles, California., Award Recipient, Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, 2015
  • Peterson Law Group, PC named a Tier 1 Law Firm in Los Angeles in Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Tier 1 Law Firm, U.S. News & World Report/Best Lawyers, 2014
  • Profiled in Southern California Legal section of November, 2011 Forbes Magazine, Forbes Magazine, 2011
  • Elected as Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2010
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Eminent Domain, Real Estate), Martindale-Hubbell

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 1994
  • United States District Court Eastern District of California, 1994
  • United States District Court Northern District of California, 1994
  • United States District Court Southern District of California, 1994
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1982
  • United States District Court Central District of California, 1981
  • California, 1981
  • Member, Real Property Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Member, Committee on Condemnation and Land Valuation, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Section, Member
  • International Right of Way Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Condemnation and Land Use Committee, Member

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Mr. Peterson was a speaker in the Lender Involvement segment of the 18th Annual Northern California Eminent Domain Institute sponsored by CLE International in San Francisco, California on October 21, 2016., Speaker, Lender Involvement, CLE International, 2016
  • Mr. Peterson was a speaker in the Full-Take vs. Part-Take segment of the 18th Annual Southern California Eminent Domain Institute sponsored by CLE International in San Diego, California on February 26, 2016., Speaker, Full-Take vs. Part-Take, CLE International, 2016
  • Mr. Peterson was Co-Chair and Speaker at the Proving Landslide Claims Program on July 8, 2016 sponsored by Law Seminars International. , Co-Chair and Speaker, Proving Landslide Claims, Law Seminars International, 2016
  • Mr. Peterson has been a featured speaker on eminent domain in several broadcast media segments, including Marketplace on National Public Radio, Patt Morrison's KPCC radio show, and a KNBC news segment on inverse condemnation. He has been quoted in the Los Angeles Times and in the Los Angeles Business Journal in articles involving his cases

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $25,889,600 settlement from MTA for two adjacent commercial properties on Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills which were acquired for the Purple Line Extension.  , 2016
  • $ 4,850,000 recovery-Peterson’s client, a family-owned seed distribution and storage company that had operated at its location in the Arts District for seven decades, was displaced for the Sixth Street Bridge/Viaduct Replacement project. The City initially offered $ 2,220,000 for a full acquisition, which included an access parcel on the north side of the property giving the client street to street access.  At mediation, Peterson negotiated a full settlement for $ 4,850,000, which included the client maintaining ownership of the access parcel that the City initially wanted to acquire.  In addition, Peterson’s business relocation team assisted the client with a successful self-move to a new location.  , 2016
  • $ 5,000,025 recovery-Peterson represented a Kosher foods distributor whose property was taken and business displaced for the Sixth Street Bridge/Viaduct Replacement Project in Los Angeles.  The City initially offered $ 3,093,000. Peterson negotiated a settlement at mediation for $ 5,000,025. Peterson’s business relocation team also assisted the client with a successful self-move to nearby Vernon.  , 2016
  • $ 3,535,000-jury verdict. Peterson represented an El Pollo Loco franchisee and the owner of the 26,000 square foot property on which it was located, acquired by Cal Trans for the I-5 widening project.  Caltrans initially offered $ 1,719,000 for the acquisition.  The case proceeded to a jury trial. The jury awarded Peterson’s client a total of $ 3,535,000 for the acquisition, including a real estate award that came within 7% of Peterson's real estate appraiser's testimony at trial., 2016
  • Representation of owners of 16 properties being acquired for a school site by Los Angeles Unified School District.  Obtained stay of eminent domain proceedings and orders for possession pending review of CEQA challenge to the underlying school project. Resolved cases after shifting date of value from 2010 to favorable 2013 date and facilitating clients' continued occupancy of their homes for more than three additional years.  Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC 439095 and 15 related cases., 2013
  • $2,925,000 result for owner of property acquired and printing business relocated for a school project. Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC413083., 2010
  • $28 million settlement for Los Angeles By-Products Co. adv Los Angeles County Flood Control District, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC390776, 2010
  • $7.1 million settlement for PDW Lighting, Inc. adv Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 384555, 2009
  • $13.5 million settlement for Alex Meruelo, Trustee adv. City of Pico Rivera, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC409849, 2009
  • $6.0 million post-trial, post-appeal settlement for Richland Pinehurst et al vs. City of Chino Hills et al, San Bernardino County Superior Court Case No. RCVRS063815, 2007
  • $11.0 million settlement, Rikuo Corporation adv. City of Gardena, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC317913, 2006
  • $4.7 million judgment after bench trial (including awarded attorneys and expert fees)-Torino vs. City of Palos Verdes Estates, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC277184, 2005
  • $3.4 million jury verdict for Berberian adv. Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC29538, 2004
  • $4.0 million jury verdict (augmented by post-appeal fee award) for Berkett, et al adv. Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Superior Court Case. No. BC202061;, 2000
  • $10.5 million jury verdict for Watson Land Company adv. Carson Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC154293, 1997
  • $3.7 million for property, goodwill and relocation benefits for owner in City of Long Beach, acting by and through its Board of Harbor Commissioners vs. Seymour Waterman and Betty Joyce Waterman, Waterman Supply Company et al.
  • $4.7 million for property, goodwill and relocation of business in City of Los Angeles vs. Southwestern Properties, LLC, Metropolis Manufacturing, Inc. dba Vaughn Benz, et al.
  • $1.54 million for owner in Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) vs. Moises Z. Rugerio
  • $3.95 million for owner in Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) vs. Fuel Engineering Corporation
  • $2.875 million for owner in Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA) vs. Stewart-Coss Partnership
  • $4.39 million for owner in Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles vs. Z. Patrick Berberian and California Arts Products
  • $1.425 million for owner in Housing Authority of the City of Burbank vs. Linda D. Reinoso et al.
  • $2.25 million Settlment for owner in Livermore Valley Unified School District vs. Wilson Family Funeral Chapel, et al.
  • Represented downslope owner of property that was substantially inundated by a landslide due to historically unstable hillside and modern alterations. Resolution included payment to client to effectuate repairs benefiting both upslope and downslope properties
  • Represented several single family homeowners that suffered differential settlement and resulting structural damage due to inadequate municipal drainage, consolidation and earth movement and resulting loss of support. Resolution included a buyout of one substantially damaged property and compensation to owners in other cases to address repair requirements.
  •  Represented hilltop single family home that suffered loss of substantial yard area due to landslide caused by fill soil instability. Resolution included buyout of property.
  • Represented the owner of a bluff-top, ocean view estate that was substantially damaged due to loss of support caused by a road cut at the toe of the slope. After trial, the court awarded in excess of $3,000,000 as damages
  • Represented adjacent single family homes downslope from a landslide that resulted in water and soil inundation and structural displacement of their homes. Damage caused by historic instability of hillside and water intrusion from utility conduits. Resolution included warranted hillside repair and structural repairs.
  • $7.7 million for R.F. Wilton (Frank Fargo Tire & Rubber Co., Inc.) adv. Los Angeles Unified School District

Transactions:

  • $2.0 million relocation benefit negotiated for a metal stamping business, including a determination of consequential displacment, related to a freeway widening project., 2010
  • $1.4 million negotiated transaction for sale of property acquired for a road widening project and relocaton benefits for locksmith business compared to original offer of $978,595. , 2010

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Selected for study group of attorneys featured in How Leading Lawyers Think, by Randall Kiser (Springer Science + Business Media, 2011), 2011
  • Elected as Member, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2010

Educational Background:

  • University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. Economics, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, 1978

Industry Groups

  • ABA
  • ABOTA
  • LACBA
  • Office Location for John S. Peterson

    633 West Fifth Street
    28th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90071

    Phone: 213-236-9720

     

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