Irvine eminent domain attorney John S. Peterson is the founder of the Peterson Law Group, P.C., a prominent Southern California law firm that handles a wide range of issues related to property rights of individuals and businesses, and is included in a study published in the book How Leading Lawyers Think, which is being sold and read worldwide.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, founded in 1868, is a fraternal order represented throughout the United States. According to the Santa Monica Daily Press, a local order of the Elks has filed suit against City Hall, alleging that burial spaces reserved for its brethren in Woodlawn Cemetery were sold to the public.
In short, eminent domain law gives the state the legal right to seize a person's or business' private or real property for public use. Although the property owner will be financially compensated, the government does not require the property owner's permission to seize their property. The formal act of transferring title of the property from the private owner to the government is referred to as condemnation.
John S. Peterson, selected for inclusion to California Super Lawyers® for both 2011 and 2012, and his Los Angeles law firm, the Peterson Law Group, P.C., were featured in Super Lawyers magazine for 2012 in recognition for his work in complex real estate and business cases involving eminent domain, inverse condemnation, and other related issues.