James J. Perito

Hartford,  CT  U.S.A.

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Practice Areas

  • Real Estate
  • Municipal & State Government
  • Tax Assessment/Collection & Appeal
University Lafayette College, B.S., in Biology, 1978
Law SchoolUniversity of Connecticut School of Law, J.D., 1983
Admitted1983, Connecticut; District of Connecticut; Florida; United States Supreme Court; Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court


Connecticut Bar Association
New Haven County Bar Association
Connecticut Association of
Municipal Attorneys

BornWolfeboro, New Hampshire, July 23, 1956

Jim Perito focuses his practice in real estate development, environmental, commercial lending and municipal law. He represents commercial lenders, borrowers and developers in a variety of commercial transactions, real estate and leasing matters. He has been involved in numerous real estate transactions across the State of Connecticut, and specifically in the Greater New Haven area.

Jim also has experience in land use planning, including zoning, subdivision, tidal and inland wetlands and traffic permitting before federal, state and municipal agencies. He regularly handles environmental issues stemming from the Transfer Act and UST compliance.

Jim represents municipalities in tax assessment appeals, land use appeals and tax lien foreclosures. He has served as Town Attorney for the Town of Woodbridge. He has also served as a Special Master in the New Haven Judicial District for tax assessment appeals pertaining to commercial and residential appeals.

During the economic downturn, he represented commercial lenders and the FDIC in prosecuting foreclosures, collections and work-outs of troubled loans.

Jim's accomplishments have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America for Real Estate law and Litigation in the areas of Land Use and Zoning and Real Estate. He has also earned an AV rating from the peer-reviewed legal directory, Martindale-Hubbell.


The Basics of Real Property Tax Assessment Appeals in Connecticut
New England Real Estate Journal, 10/22/2012

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Free Time

In his free time James enjoys cycling, traveling and kayaking. (Resident, New Haven)

Reported CasesRepresentative Matter: Local entitlements to facilitate 850+ parking garage with attendant office\retail\residential mixed use development as part of the Yale New Haven Hospital Cancer Center project in New Haven, CT also negotiated related utility easements, improvement maintenance agreements and leasing. Local entitlements to facilitate international retailer 300,000 sq. ft. shopping center in New Haven, CTLocal entitlements to facilitate 86,000 sq. ft. retail shopping center in Hamden, CT Local entitlements to facilitate HOPE VI redevelopment of rental and homeowner residential units for Monterey Place in New Haven, CTLocal entitlements to facilitate 87,000 sq. ft. self storage development consisting of both climate controlled and standard warehouse units in Branford, CTRepresented municipal entity in the negotiation and acquisition of golf country club including management agreements, town meeting requirements and environmental transfer issuesRepresented land trust in negotiation and acquisition of conservation easements and fee ownership with attendant town participation and state grants. Representation of lenders in real estate based lending for multi-tenant developments including drafting and negotiating loan documents. Representation of private clients on all real estate matters in connection with re-financings, acquisitions and divestitures. Responsible for negotiating and drafting of purchase and sale agreements, assignment agreements, leases, mortgages, bills of sale, easements and title documents.Representation of lenders in real estate based syndicated loans during initial participation\syndication and currently during work\out situations. Representation of municipalities during revaluation of real property and defense of town in subsequent assessment appeals for residential and commercial properties including personal property appeals. Representation of municipalities in the collection of tax and sewer liens and FOIA proceedings.

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James J. Perito

225 Asylum Street
HartfordCT 06103


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