Jethro S. Busch


Steven Adair MacDonald & Associates Partner Jethro S. Busch is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal, several United States District Courts, and all the courts of the State of California.

Jethro received his undergraduate degree from the University of California (Berkeley), holds a law degree from Tulane University, and has been practicing law since 1981. His practice consists primarily of real estate litigation, including wrongful eviction and habitability disputes, disputes connected with buying or selling real property, and disputes between co-owners or condo owners.

Jethro is also a published author in the real estate field, served for five (5) years on the Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California (which subsequently was spun off into the California Lawyers Association), and served for several years as the co-chair of the State Bar Landlord-Tenant Subsection.

Jethro has taught numerous continuing legal education classes to other attorneys, including at numerous Annual Meetings of the State Bar, and at several Real Property Law Section Annual Retreats.

In his free time, Jethro enjoys cooking/baking, going to museums, travel, reading, and watching movies (including at the Silent Film Festival).

Areas of Practice

85% Real Estate Litigation (especially Landlord-Tenant)

10% Civil Litigation

5% Real Estate Transactional Work

Litigation Percentage

95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

California, 1981

U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 1981

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988

U.S. Supreme Court, 1990


Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
     J.D. – 1981

University of California, Berkeley, California
     B.A. – 1978

Published Works (Partial List)

Recognition of Hostile Housing Environment Claims Under the Federal Fair Housing Act and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act (co-author), California real Property Journal, Vol. 33, No. 1, 2015

Reader Alert: Action Apartment Association Case May Bar Many Wrongful Eviction Lawsuits, California Real Property Journal, Vol. 25, No. 3, 2007

Noticing a Change: California Civil Code Section 827 Re-Visited, California Real Property Journal, Fall, 2003

Draconian or Clever Private Statutes of Limitation Revisited, California Real Property Journal, Fall, 1999

Classes and Seminars (Partial List)

Handling Issues of Habitability, Edrington and Associates, April 15, 2021

Lease Workouts – MCLE at 2012 Annual Meeting, State Bar of California(RPLS), 2012

Foreclosure, etc. – MCLE at 2011 RPLS Retreat), State Bar of California(RPLS), 2011

Real Estate Market Downturn: Good Thing For Landlords-Bad Thing For Tenants, State Bar Annual Meeting, 2010

Please Take Notice: Drafting and Serving Effective Tenancy Notices, State Bar Section Education Institute, 2008

Righteous or Wrongful Evictions 2007: Strategies for Successfully Representing Your Client, State Bar Annual Meeting, 2007

Does Your Client Have A Code Enforcement Problem Assessing, Handling, and Resolving Building and Housing Complaints Received from Governmental Agencies, State Bar Annual Meeting, 2006

Don’t You Dare SLAPP My Client! Anti-SLAPP Motions in Real Property Disputes, State Bar Annual Meeting, 2005

The Battle Continues: Unfair Business Practice Litigation in the New Millennium, State Bar Annual Meeting, 2002

Evictions and Landlord/Tenant Law in California, National Business Institute, 2000

Honors and Awards

Selected to the Northern California “Super Lawyers” list published in the Super Lawyers Magazines, 2020

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association, Member, 1981 – Present

Landlord-Tenant Sub-Section of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California, Co-Chair, 1992 – 1996

Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California, 2002 – 2007

Executive Committee of the Real Property Law Section of the State Bar of California, Vice-Chair, 2004 – 2005

Pro Bono Activities

Exec. Comm. of State Bar Real Property Law Section, 2002 – 2007

Co-Chair of State Bar Landlord-Tenant Subsection, 1992 – 1996



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