John S. Peterson

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Peterson Law Group Professional Corporation
 | 633 West Fifth Street, 28th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Phone: 213-236-9720
Fax: 213-236-9724
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1981
Practice Areas:
  • Eminent Domain (70%),
  • Land Use/Zoning (20%),
  • Real Estate: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

John S. Peterson is an attorney who focuses his practice on eminent domain, inverse condemnation, landslide and subsidence, and complex real estate litigation. He is the founder of Peterson Law Group Professional Corporation in Los Angeles, California and with offices in Irvine, California.

Lawyer John Peterson has been selected to Super Lawyers since 2011-2019. He was elected as a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates in 2010. He has earned an AV rating* in Martindale-Hubbell and the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers for more than 30 years. He has been selected to Best Lawyers in Los Angeles, 2013-2019. From 2014-2019, Peterson Law Group PC  has been recognized among the Best Law Firms rankings 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 numerous 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 and a $26 million result on behalf of an owner-client in an eminent domain case where the original offer was approximately 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.  In another recent inverse condemnation case, his efforts resulted in a published opinion of the Fourth District Court of Appeal that resulted in a split of authority with a Second District case.  The matter is now pending before the Supreme Court of California. In 2018 he achieved  a seven-figure result in inverse condemnation matters on behalf of homeowners in Lancaster arising from surface drainage and facilities impacts. 

*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

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2020

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About John Peterson

Admitted: 1981, California

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

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected to Super Lawyers in Eminent Domain. , Super Lawyers, Super Lawyers, 2019
  • Peterson Law Group ranked in Best Law Firms rankings., Ranked, U.S. News & World Report-Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Selected to Best Lawyers for Eminent Domain, Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2019
  • Received 10 Rating (out of 10) in Avvo.  , Avvo, Avvo, 2019
  • Profiled in Southern California Legal section of November, 2011 Forbes Magazine, Forbes Magazine, 2011
  • Selected to Best Lawyers for Eminent Domain, Best Lawyers, Best Lawyers, 2018
  • Peterson Law Group PC, 2015 Winner, Litigator Awards, Eminent Domain, Los Angles, California., Award Recipient, Trial Lawyers Board of Regents, 2015
  • AV Rated, Martindale-Hubbell; Listed in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers (Eminent Domain, Real Estate), Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in Los Angeles, 2013-2018, in Eminent Domain & Condemnation Law, Best Lawyers, 2017
  • Elected as Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2010
  • 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

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, American Board of Trial Advocates, 2010
  • Member, Real Property Section, Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • United States District Court Central District of California, 1981
  • United States District Court Eastern District of California, 1994
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • State Bar of California, 1981
  • United States District Court Northern District of California, 1994
  • United States Court of Federal Claims, 1994
  • State Bar of California, Real Property Section, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • United States District Court Southern District of California, 1994
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1982
  • International Right of Way Association, Member

Scholarly Lectures/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 regarding Fourth District Court of Appeal Opinon on Weiss v. People ex rel Dept. of Transportation (2018) 20 Cal. App. 5th 1156; (Review granted, request to depublish denied)., Speaker, CCP Section 1260.040, CLE International Eminent Domain Institute, MCLE Credit For Lawyers, 2018
  • 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
  • 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 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

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • $4.88 million result against MTA for ten year Temporary Construction Easement with reversion of remainder at end of term., 2016
  • $1,380,000 Jury Verdict against Cal Trans for full taking of mobile home park and partial taking of adjacent unimproved land In Sanger, Fresno County compared to original collective offer of $755,200.  , 2017
  • $700,000 result paid by City in the Antelope Valley for homeowners' claims for inverse condemnation due to drainage and facilities impacts following rain events., 2018
  • $1 million result paid by several jurisdictions in the Antelope Valley for homeowners' claims for inverse condemnation due to drainage and facilities impacts following rain events., 2018
  • Successful appeal resulting in a published opinion in Fourth District Court of Appeal establishing a split of authority with the Second District involving the application of CCP section 1260.040 in inverse condemnation liablity issues.  The matter is now pending before the Supreme Court of California. Weiss v. People ex rel Dept. of Transportation (2018) 20 Cal. App. 5th 1156; (Review granted, request to depublish denied)., 2018
  • $21 million result from MTA for a Beverly Hills property compared to an original offer of $5.7 million. , 2016
  • $26 million result from Cal Trans for industrial property compared to an original offer of $13.6 million.   The client business was also successfully relocated and the settlement resulted in the reversion of a remainder at the conclusion of construction. , 2017
  • $4.39 million for owner in Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles vs. Z. Patrick Berberian and California Arts Products
  • $ 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
  • $3.95 million for owner in Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) vs. Fuel Engineering Corporation
  • $11.0 million settlement, Rikuo Corporation adv. City of Gardena, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC317913, 2006
  • $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
  • 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.
  • $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
  • 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
  • $1.425 million for owner in Housing Authority of the City of Burbank vs. Linda D. Reinoso et al.
  • $ 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
  • $2.875 million for owner in Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Los Angeles (CRA) vs. Stewart-Coss Partnership
  • $13.5 million settlement for Alex Meruelo, Trustee adv. City of Pico Rivera, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC409849, 2009
  • $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.
  • $7.1 million settlement for PDW Lighting, Inc. adv Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. 384555, 2009
  •  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.
  • $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
  • $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
  • $7.7 million for R.F. Wilton (Frank Fargo Tire & Rubber Co., Inc.) adv. Los Angeles Unified School District
  • $ 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
  • $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.
  • $28 million settlement for Los Angeles By-Products Co. adv Los Angeles County Flood Control District, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC390776, 2010
  • $1.54 million for owner in Alameda Corridor Transportation Authority (ACTA) vs. Moises Z. Rugerio
  • $10.5 million jury verdict for Watson Land Company adv. Carson Redevelopment Agency, Los Angeles Superior Court Case No. BC154293, 1997
  • 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.
  • $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
  • 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
  • $2.25 million Settlment for owner in Livermore Valley Unified School District vs. Wilson Family Funeral Chapel, et al.

Transactions:

  • $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
  • $2.0 million relocation benefit negotiated for a metal stamping business, including a determination of consequential displacment, related to a freeway widening project., 2010

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Successfully argued appeal of Weiss v. People ex rel. Dept. of Transportation (2018) 20 Cal.App.5th 1156 where the 4th DCA determined the motion proceeding established by Code Civ. Proc. sec. 1260.040 is not a proper way to seek judicial resolution of an inverse condemnation claim. This resulted in a split of authority with the 2nd DCA in Dina v. People ex rel. Dept. of Transportation (2007) 151 Cal.App.4th 1029.  Review granted in Weiss by the California Supreme Court on June 13, 2018. s248141.  The Weiss opinion was not depublished pending review.  Weiss was referenced by the California Supreme Court in Footnote 1 of City of Oroville v. Superior Court (2019) 2019 Cal. LEXIS 5950., 2018
  • 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
  • University of California, Los Angeles, Juris Doctor, 1981

Industry Groups

  • Agricultural Properties
  • Commercial Properties
  • Convenience Stores
  • Food Processing Plants; Distribution Facilities
  • Gas Stations
  • Industrial Properties
  • Landfills
  • Mobile Home Parks
  • Multi-Family Properties
  • Oil and Gas Properties
  • Quick Service Restaurants
  • White Tablecloth Restaurants
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Office Location for John S. Peterson

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

Phone: 213-236-9720

Fax: 213-236-9724

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Last Updated: 9/14/2019

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