Robert Peccola

Attorney & IJ's Four Pillars Society Special Counsel


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Rob Peccola is an attorney with the Institute for Justice. He also serves as special counsel to IJ’s planned giving program, the Four Pillars Society.  He joined the Institute in September of 2014 and litigates cases promoting property rights and economic liberty in state and federal court.

Rob specializes in defending tenants and landlords from invasive and unconstitutional rental inspections across the country. Rob was also co-counsel in IJ’s first class-action lawsuit, Sourovelis v. Philadelphia, in which IJ dismantled Philadelphia’s unconstitutional civil forfeiture program.

In his development role as Special Counsel to the Four Pillars Society, Rob manages IJ’s charitable gift annuity program and IJ’s portfolio of mature estates. He also responds to donor inquiries about complex gifts to IJ, and ensures that IJ is in a position to receive and close more planned and complex gifts without exposing IJ to undue risk.

Prior to joining the Institute for Justice, Rob was an attorney with the international law firm Duane Morris LLP.  In private practice, Rob represented primarily individuals and litigated a wide variety of probate and commercial matters at the trial and appellate levels. In addition to securing victories for his clients, Rob was actively involved in community outreach and business development for the firm.  Prior to entering private practice, Rob worked as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Sally D. Adkins of the Court of Appeals of Maryland and the Honorable Jacqueline H. Nguyen of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. He received his law degree from the George Washington University Law School and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan.

Robert's Cases

4th Amendment Project | Rental Inspections

Orange City, Iowa, Rental Inspections

Landlords and tenants in Orange City, Iowa are forced to open their doors to government officials without a warrant, simply because the property is a rental. This intrusive rule violates the Fourth Amendment, and that’s…

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