John S. Peterson

John S. Peterson: Attorney with Peterson Law Group Professional Corporation


John S. Peterson is a trial lawyer who emphasizes practice in eminent domain, inverse condemnation and other complex real estate and business cases with a focus on jury and non-jury trials. He has substantial experience in the representation of real estate valuation, business valuation, landslide, subsidence, California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), environmental, land use, subdivision, lease, construction defect and developer agreement disputes. He is the founder of Peterson Law Group Professional Corporation, a law firm that was established with the goal of providing quality service, personalized attention, creative approaches and a results oriented philosophy in handling client matters. 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 is a participating member of the Condemnation and Land Valuation Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and is a member of the Real Property Section of the State Bar of California and the Los Angeles County Bar Association. He is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and the American Bar Association (ABA). In condemnation actions, he emphasizes representation of real property and business owners. His results include $28 million where the original offer was less than $14 million and a $10.5 million jury verdict where the original offer was $5.4 million. Cases have included auto mall property, shopping centers, swap meets, industrial properties, commercial properties, hotels, motels, apartments, retail centers, development properties, farm land, homes, subdivisions, tracts, landfill property and others. He has represented a wide variety of businesses in litigation and relocation, including: restaurants, fast food, recording studios, pharmacies, manufacturers, retailers, equipment vendors, food processors, tire retread, furniture manufacturing, molded and injected plastics manufacturers, boat yards, marine equipment supply, liquor stores, convenience stores, gas stations, car rental agencies, mechanics, auto body shops, auto dismantlers, recyclers, metal dealers, roofers, contractors, chemical plants, mortuary, truck wash, car wash, container storage and repair, printers, metal stamping, textiles, clothing manufacturing, attorneys, doctors, dentists, optometrists, metal workers, wood workers, glass workers, oil companies, developers, and many other businesses.

Areas of Practice (8)

  • Eminent Domain
  • Inverse Condemnation
  • Landslides and Subsidence
  • Land Use
  • Environmental
  • Construction Defects
  • Real Estate Law
  • Business Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
213-236-9720  Phone
213-236-9724  Fax
University Attended:
University of California at Los Angeles, B.A., Economics, magna cum laude
Law School Attended:
University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, J.D., 1981
Year of First Admission:
1994, U.S. Court of Federal Claims and U.S. District Court, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of California; 1981, U.S. District Court, Central District of California; 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit; 1981, California
Los Angeles County (Member, Real Property Section; Condemnation Committee) and American (Member, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section) Bar Associations; State Bar of California (Member, Real Property Section); American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Member.
Birth Information:
Glendale, California
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