Jane Ellison Usher is a partner in the Firm's Los Angeles office. She is a member of the Firm’s Environmental and Public Law, Real Estate, Litigation and related practices. Ms. Usher represents private, public, and nonprofit entities in the resolution of their government and regulatory affairs. With thirty years of expertise in land use, planning, zoning, environmental, real estate development, CEQA, Brown Act, Public Records Act, ethics, ordinances, legislation, municipal and administrative law, Ms. Usher advises her clients from the inception of a government matter, through agency hearings and determinations, to the conclusion of any litigation that might result.
For two decades prior to joining Musick Peeler in 2014, Ms. Usher served the City of Los Angeles in several senior appointed roles. These included Counsel to Mayor Tom Bradley (1989-1993), Alternate on the Board of the Los Angeles Transportation Commission (1991-1993), President of the Los Angeles City Planning Commission (2005-2009), and Senior Assistant City Attorney and Member of the Executive Management Team of the Office of the City Attorney (2009-2013). She negotiated the City’s complex real estate matters, including for the LA Live football stadium, NBC Universal, and USC; litigated the City’s highest profile cases, involving urban renewal, planning and development, building and safety, infrastructure, code enforcement, outdoor advertising and signage, medical marijuana, homelessness, and constitutional questions; and drafted and successfully defended many of the most innovative and ground-breaking ordinances, policies, and actions of the City. Ms. Usher has spoken extensively on zoning, environmental and municipal law, including on the important relationships between property owners, their neighbors and social justice.
Ms. Usher serves on the board of the Play Equity Fund, an outgrowth of the 1984 LA Olympics, which seeks to even the playing field for all student athletes, especially those of color. Formerly, Ms. Usher was the Assistant Dean to the USC Annenberg School. As an adjunct member of the USC Gould School of Law faculty, she taught a “ripped from the headlines” course entitled The Law of the City. Ms. Usher was associate general counsel to the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and general counsel to the United States Football League, the America’s Cup sailing competition, and the men’s and women’s professional beach volleyball associations. Ms. Usher began her legal career at the law firm of Manatt, Phelps, Rothenberg & Tunney. Ms. Usher’s additional civic commitments have included Brown University, the Center for Early Education, the Constitutional Rights Foundation, Cornell University, the Greater Wilshire Neighborhood Council, Harvard Westlake School, and Wilshire Boulevard Temple. She received Tree People’s Evergreen Award and the AIA California Council’s Presidential Citation.
United States Federal District Court for the Central District of California