Usha C. Vance

Usha C. Vance

Usha Chilukuri Vance is a litigator in the San Francisco and Washington, D.C. offices of Munger, Tolles & Olson.

Her practice focuses on complex civil litigation and appeals in a wide variety of sectors, including higher education, local government, entertainment, and technology.  

Ms. Vance returned to the firm after clerking for Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. of the U.S. Supreme Court. She also clerked for Judge Brett Kavanaugh, then of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and Judge Amul Thapar, then of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

Ms. Vance received her law degree from Yale Law School, where she was executive development editor of the Yale Law Journal and managing editor of the Yale Journal of Law & Technology. While at Yale, she participated in the Supreme Court Advocacy Clinic, the Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic, and the Iraqi Refugee Assistance Project.

She holds a B.A. in history from Yale University and an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, where she was a Gates Cambridge Scholar. Before entering law school, Ms. Vance taught American history as a Yale-China Teaching Fellow at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China.

Ms. Vance lives with her husband and three children in Cincinnati, Ohio.  She has served on the board of the Gates Cambridge Alumni Association and as secretary of the board of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, U.S. Supreme Court Update, Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association’s 46th Annual Federal Practice Seminar, 2021
  • Panelist, A Conversation with Former SCOTUS Clerks on Effective Amicus Briefing in the Supreme Court, hosted by the Multistate Tax Commission, 2021

Key Representations

  • A major technology company in an expedited, 15-month arbitration arising from a contract dispute with hundreds of millions of dollars at issue
  • The studio members of the Motion Picture Association in obtaining a $50 million stipulated judgment and permanent injunction against pirate streaming service, Omniverse 
  • Disney in defending against claims of copyright infringement 
  • The University of California in a variety of matters, including obtaining dismissal of a Title IX suit in federal court