Client organizations rely on my vast experience in handling highly complex, cutting-edge matters that often touch on constitutional and unique valuation principles. I find it personally gratifying to assist with important public projects that provide societal benefits while insuring that affected property owners are treated fairly. I enjoy the challenge of dealing with novel and complex legal issues, often at the forefront of the law, and providing intelligent legal advice based on what's likely to occur in a court that's never previously dealt with, nor interpreted, a case with a similar set of circumstances.
Focusing his highly regarded practice on the New York metropolitan area, John Casolaro represents municipal and public benefit corporations and other condemning authorities in eminent domain cases. John advises clients in challenges to their authority to condemn property and to the public use underlying their exercise of the eminent domain power, as well as in other constitutional disputes testing the limits of the inherent power of government to acquire properties by eminent domain. His extensive and stellar appellate record stems from cases he has argued in all the New York appellate courts and in the New Jersey Supreme Court and includes several leading decisions involving challenges to the authority of condemning agencies and the constitutionality of proposed acquisitions of property.
John has tried many eminent domain fee and fixture valuation cases. In addition, he has tried mechanic’s lien foreclosure cases and has filed, obtained the dismissal of, and litigated mechanic’s lien claims of various types and sizes. His practice also includes arbitrations and appraisals involving rent adjustments under long-term ground leases and other litigation involving real estate.
John draws on extensive experience and an in-depth knowledge of real estate valuation and construction contracts to adeptly guide governmental entities through planning for acquisition of properties by eminent domain, the public hearings process, and legal challenges to decisions about targeted properties.
In all matters John contributes sharp attention to detail, a drive to find workable solutions to problems, and a keen familiarity with the highly complex moving parts inherent in eminent domain cases and the appellate courts in New York, where many constitutional challenges to eminent domain acquisitions are heard. As counsel for a government authority, he is always mindful that he represents the public and scrupulously complies with ethical obligations and ensures that all parties involved are treated with fairness and respect.