John Peloso, a member of the firm's Business Litigation and Real Estate Litigation Groups, is a trial lawyer who represents companies, municipalities, and individuals in a wide range of matters. At the administrative, trial, and appellate levels, Mr. Peloso counsels clients and litigates business and real property disputes, including real estate, land use, environmental, securities, and tax matters.
Real Estate Litigation
In the area of real estate litigation, Mr. Peloso represents institutional, municipal, and individual clients in disputes involving title, zoning, wetlands, land use, the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), eminent domain, foreclosure, and other real property rights. He also represents clients in all aspects of commercial lease, purchase and sale (PSA), and other real estate transactional disputes.
In the area of RLUIPA litigation, in the past year, Mr. Peloso has obtained favorable resolutions for municipalities in New York and New Jersey involving large scale (eight figure) RLUIPA claims.
In the area of tax litigation, Mr. Peloso represents institutional and individual clients in real and personal property tax valuation and classification proceedings at the regulatory, administrative, and trial levels. In this regard, he has dealt with specialized issues involving, among other things, class action tax appeals, the valuation of high-tech software and wireless communications equipment, contingency fee tax audits, special use property (including military facilities), and the impact of environmental conditions on the valuation of real property.
Mr. Peloso has a consistent record of obtaining favorable resolutions for clients involving valuation disputes between the taxpayer and the municipality concerning, among other things, commercial office buildings, Section 8 CHFA valuation issues, high-tech equipment valuation, and special use properties.
Mr. Peloso represents institutional as well as individual clients in environmental litigation matters, most notably Superfund cases and proceedings involving state and federal regulatory agencies. Mr. Peloso has litigated multi-million dollar environmental matters, including serving as lead counsel for a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) action related to a Rhode Island Superfund site.
Mr. Peloso handles a wide range of business litigation matters. He has litigated matters involving securities fraud (individual, class action, and derivative actions), broker-dealer regulation, software franchise and licensing, partnerships, limited partnerships, closely held corporations, noncompetition agreements, creditors' rights, insurance, and probate issues.
Personal Injury and Asbestos Litigation
Mr. Peloso has also defended over forty personal injury and asbestos cases on behalf of corporations and manufacturers.
Mr. Peloso is committed to doing work on a pro bono basis. Among other engagements, he has assisted Habitat for Humanity with housing matters and assisted the Wildlife Center of Fairfield County with general corporate matters.
Prior to joining Robinson+Cole, Mr. Peloso was a member of the litigation department at White & Case LLP in New York City, where he concentrated his practice in complex commercial, property, and securities litigation.