John F. X. Peloso Jr.


  • Overview


    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. He is a regular contributor to the firm's RLUIPA Defense blog.

    Tax Litigation

    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.

    Environmental Litigation

    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.

    Business Litigation

    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.

    Pro Bono

    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.

  • Experience
    • Experience



      • Representation as lead counsel in defending a drum recycling company in a Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) action in U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island concerning the Centredale Manor Restoration Project Superfund site in North Providence, Rhode Island. The Superfund site includes a nine-acre peninsula where various entities operated a chemical manufacturing facility and the client operated a drum reconditioning facility. The principal containment of concern is dioxin. Estimates from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency exceed $100 million. Obtained a highly favorable formal settlement for the client.

      • Real Estate

      • Regularly represents commercial clients in litigation involving commercial leases, purchases, and sales. Obtained a favorable resolution on behalf of a commercial property owner in a complex lease dispute involving two large commercial tenants. Obtained favorable resolutions of ground lease and purchase and sale disputes.

      • Tax

      • Regularly represents clients in personal and real property tax appeals for commercial taxpayers against Connecticut municipalities. Obtained favorable resolutions for clients involving valuation disputes.

      • Land Use

      • Currently represents, as lead counsel, several municipalities in large-scale RLUIPA litigation matters. Obtained favorable settlements in $10 million+ RLUIPA cases in New York and New Jersey.

    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association
      Section of Litigation, Trial Practice Committee, contributing author
      Trial Practice Committee, Co-chair of Organization and Resource Subcommittee
      Commercial and Business Litigation Committee, Co-chair of Alternative Dispute Resolution Subcommittee
      Business Law Section
      Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

      Connecticut Bar Association
      Litigation Section
      Real Property Section
    • Publications


      "RLUIPA Case of the Year? Minnesota Municipality Uses RLUIPA’s Safe Harbor Provision to Avoid Liability," published in Planning & Law, co-authored with Evan J. Seeman, Karla L. Chaffee and Dwight H. Merriam (Spring 2017)
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      "Avoiding and Defending Against RLUIPA Claims," published in Practical Law, co-authored with Evan J. Seeman (12/22/2016)
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    • Presentations


      "Ten Easy Lessons: How Local Governments Can Successfully Defend against RLUIPA Claims," co-presented with Karla L. Chaffee and Diana E. Neeves, webinar, presented by the International Municipal Lawyers Association (12/11/2017)
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      "RLUIPA Land Use Claims—Latest Litigation Trends and Key Case Law Developments," co-presented with Evan J. Seeman and Karla L. Chaffee, webinar (2/22/2017)
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      "Update on the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA)," co-presented with Hiram B. Carey III and Karla L. Chaffee (9/23/2016)
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      "Litigating Religious Land Use Cases," co-presented with Evan J. Seeman and Daniel Dalton of Dalton & Tomich, PLC, panelist at American Bar Association webinar (11/6/2014)
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    • News

      R+C in the News

      • December 21, 2017

        Karla Chaffee, Diana Neeves, and John Peloso Present Webinar on RLUIPA Claims

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      • June 2, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Write Articles for APA Publication

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      • February 28, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Examine Litigation Trends in RLUIPA Land Use Claims

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      • January 9, 2017

        Evan Seeman and John Peloso Publish Note for Practical Law

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      • October 4, 2016

        Land Use Litigation Lawyers Present at Touro Law Center

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      • March 30, 2015

        John Peloso Hosts CCIM Emergency Submarkets Strategy Event

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      • December 4, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Speak on Religious Land Use Litigation

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      • January 17, 2013

        Land Law Lawyers Speak at CBA Property Rights Seminar

      • March 21, 2012

        Litigation Partner to Chair Two American Bar Association Subcommittees

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