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John S. Peterson is a trial lawyer whose practice focuses on eminent
domain, inverse condemnation and other complex real estate and business
cases with an emphasis 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.


Founder of Peterson Law Group
Professional Corporation, John Peterson's law firm was established with the goal
of providing quality service, personalized attention, creative
approaches and a results oriented philosophy in handling client matters.


Mr. Peterson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics,
magna cum laude, from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1978,
as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. As an undergraduate, he interned for the
Senate Transportation Committee. He received his Juris Doctorate from
the UCLA School of Law in 1981, and was admitted to practice law in the state of California in the same. He is also admitted to practice in the United States
Court of Federal Claims, the United States District Court for the
Central, Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of California and the
United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.


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.


In condemnation actions, he emphasizes
representation of real property and business owners. 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 retreading, 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.

Mr. Peterson has served as trial counsel in
several successful jury trials, particualrly a $10.5 million jury
verdict in an eminent domain matter where the original offer was $5.4
million, and a $4.0 million verdict where the original offer was


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Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 50%
  2. Litigation: 40%
  3. Real Estate: 10%

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    John has handled our complex condemnation and inverse condemnation matters. He is very efficient, very pragmatic and knows how to get things done. He's a smart, innovative guy and is extremely personable and pleasant to work with. Also very responsive and dependable and has great communication skills. For the matters John wasn't able to settle for us, he got great results at trial and his recommendations were thoughtful and sound.


    Bradley Frazier Real estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Peterson Law Group

633 West Fifth Street
28th Floor
Los Angeles, CA, 90071-2005


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerCalifornia Super Lawyers2016
Super LawyerCalifornia Super Lawyers2015
Super LawyerCalifornia Super Lawyers2014
Best LawyerBest Lawyers2013
Super LawyerCalifornia Super Lawyers2013
Super LawyerCalifornia Super Lawyers2012
Super LawyerCalifornia Super Lawyers2011
Elected MemberAmerican Board of Trial Advocates2010
Graduated with Honors - Magna Cum LaudeUniversity of California, Los Angeles1978
Lifetime MembershipMulti-Million Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
Lifetime MembershipMillion Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentPeterson Law Group2001 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Board of Trial AdvocatesMember2010 - Present
United States District Court for the Southern District of CaliforniaMember1994 - Present
United States District Court for the Northern District of CaliforniaMember1994 - Present
United States District Court for the Eastern District of CaliforniaMember1994 - Present
United States Court of Federal ClaimsMember1994 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember1992 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1981 - Present
Moot Court Honor Society, University of California at Los Angeles School of LawMember1981 - Present
United States District Court for the Central District of CaliforniaMember1981 - Present
Phi Beta Kappa, University of California, Los AngelesMember1978 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
International Right of Way AssociationMemberN/A
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Real Property SectionExecutive CommitteeN/A
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionExecutive CommitteeN/A
State Bar of California, Real Property Law SectionExecutive CommitteeN/A
Los Angeles County Bar Association, Condemnation CommitteeExecutive CommitteeN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Alex Meruelo, Trustee adv. City of Pico RiveraAwarded: $13.5 million
PDW Lighting, Inc. adv Los Angeles Unified School DistrictAwarded: $7.1 million
R.F. Wilton (Frank Fargo Tire & Rubber Co., Inc.) adv. Los Angeles Unified School DistrictAwarded: $7.7 million
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Publication nameTitleDate
Mountain Views NewsEminent Domain Used to Acquire YMCA (quoted)2010
Los Angeles TimesPasadena Steps Up Effort To Acquire Historic YWCA Building (quoted)2010
The Los Angeles Times (quoted)Where're the Lawmakers?2008
Verdictsearch publicationCouple Blamed City for Landslide that Damaged Home2007
Verdictsearch publicationBusiness Owner and City Agency Disputed Property’s FMV2005
Los Angeles Business JournalDelay in Property Purchase Proves Costly to City (quoted)2002
California Environmental Resources Evaluation SystemBurbank-Glendale-Pasadena Airport Authority v. Hensler1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California at Los Angeles School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
University of California - Los AngelesEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Patt Morrison - 89.3 KPCCEminent DomainN/A
Marketplace with NPR's David BrownEminent DomainN/A
KNBC News SegmentInverse CondemnationN/A