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
95% of Practice Devoted to Litigation
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
Real Solutions for Real Estate Problems
“The truth is, 99 percent of cases do not go to trial. The two sides eventually come to an agreement and settle. We know this from the thousands of cases we have handled. Therefore, we critically analyze our client’s situation to see if we can help them find an agreement earlier rather than later. The difference will mean enormous savings in time and legal fees.
We will do everything in our power to successfully resolve your landlord-tenant case or real estate dispute in as little time as possible. We have the resources to take on complex real estate cases and the size to keep you from becoming more than just a case file.”