where talent meets passion

Meet Our Team

Jean L. Chou, Esq.

Principal

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Jean believes hands-on collaboration, innovative thinking and open communication are keys to fostering successful client relationships and closing difficult deals. She is an expert negotiator and often advises clients on strategic approaches towards real estate investment and business growth.

She is a frequent speaker at real estate brokerages and organizations around the city, instructing on topics related to new development, luxury market transactions and due diligence tools to better assess risk. In addition to spearheading the firm's real estate and business advisory practice, Jean has dedicated years of service to pro bono representation. She currently serves as pro bono counsel for GLAAD and The City Bar Justice Center's Homeowner Stability Project.

Prior to founding JLC & Associates in 2010, Jean worked for a real estate development firm, Blesso Properties, known for its award-winning design portfolio and eco-conscious projects, and TDR Equities, a Manhattan commercial real estate holdings firm. She clerked for the Honorable Shirley W. Kornreich in NYS Supreme Court, where her first judicial opinion on commercial property damage was published. Jean's prior trusts and estates experience has also become a natural synergy when advising the firm's clients on real estate and tax planning matters.

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Awards & Recognition

Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, NY Times Magazine

Client's Choice for Real Estate - AVVO

Best Advocate Award - New York Law School

education

J.D., New York Law School

B.S., Boston University School of Management

bar admissions

New York, 2010

Pro Bono

GLAAD

City Bar Justice Center - Homeowner Stability Project

New Women New Yorkers

Affiliations

Women Owned Law

New York City Bar Association

Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)

languages

Mandarin Chinese (Proficient)

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Alison C. Gaskin, Esq.

Managing Attorney

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Alison’s notable dedication to our clients and thorough hands-on approach contribute greatly to JLC’s service-oriented culture.

Alison has become a huge asset in assisting clients in their closings, due diligence, contract negotiations and title reviews. Prior to joining our team, she began planting seeds in the real estate arena through several years at a title company and a real estate law firm. During law school, Alison was a contributing author in several publications and was also a member of the Real Estate Law Students and Media Law and Policy Associations. She has advocated for low-income individuals through volunteer work at Legal Aid and NYLAG. Alison was born in Queens, New York and currently resides in Long Island, where she considers herself a bookworm and cooking-enthusiast.

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Awards & Recognition

Super Lawyers - Rising Stars in Real Estate, NY Times Magazine

education

J.D., New York Law School

B.A., Fordham University

bar admissions

New York, 2015

New Jersey, 2015

Pro-Bono

Affiliations

languages

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Elizabeth Aquino, Esq.

Senior Associate Attorney

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Elizabeth is a seasoned attorney, licensed to practice law since 2010. She is a formal litigator turned transactional attorney. Her prior experience included representing individuals in divorce and custody cases in Chicago and then to handling New York settlement conferences and foreclosure litigation matters at Stein Wiener & Roth, LLP. Her court experience provides a big picture perspective while drafting and negotiating contracts for our real estate clients.  She went to law school in Chicago and now resides in Queens, New York.

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Awards & Recognition

education

J.D., DePaul University College of Law

B.A., University of Wisconsin-Madison

bar admissions

New York, 2010

Pro Bono

City Bar Justice Center - Homeowner Stability Project

Affiliations

languages

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Loren M. Carter

Paralegal

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Loren is our real estate and mortgage banking paralegal who largely supports our managing attorney Alison Gaskin. Prior to joining the JLC team, Loren formerly served as a real estate litigation paralegal in New Mexico for over five years where she often handled over 140 active judicial foreclosure cases at a time. She thrives in fast-paced deadline-driven environments and has extensive experience negotiating and reviewing mortgage lending documents, lease agreements and purchase/sale contracts.

Loren is a licensed Notary Public in the State of New York. She is also a psychology graduate from the University of Phoenix and currently lives in northern New Jersey.

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Awards & Recognition

education

B.A., University of Phoenix

bar admissions

Pro Bono

Volunteer, New York Cares

Affiliations

languages

Spanish (Conversational)

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Alexandra C. Stark

Paralegal

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Alexandra spearheads our team’s real estate and contract due diligence to streamline the review process. Prior to joining the team, Alex was a paralegal across several legal industries, including general litigation, family law, estate planning and probate and personal injury. She is originally from New York but has lived in Chicago, Des Moines, and San Diego.

Alex is a licensed Notary Public in the state of New York. She attended college in Chicago, IL and graduated with a B.A. in theatre with a concentration in musical theatre performance. Outside of work, she loves theatre, politics and animals.

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Awards & Recognition

education

B.A., Columbia College Chicago

bar admissions

Pro-Bono

Affiliations

languages

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Emily Barney

Operations Manager

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Emily manages our office operations and works to ensure our clients have a seamless experience. Originally from Atlanta, GA, Emily has a background working in student affairs at colleges and universities in Boston and Los Angeles.Emily attended college and graduate school at Boston University. She currently resides in Brooklyn and in her spare time enjoys exploring farmer’s markets, cooking, and taking her Boston terrier to the dog park.

Awards & Recognition

education

M.S.W., Boston University

B.A., Boston University

bar admissions

Pro-Bono

Affiliations

languages

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Darian Salazar

Law Clerk

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Darian is a third year law student at New York Law School with a focus on Transactional Practices. He has previous experience as a law clerk in the New York State Supreme Court, where he assisted with drafting multiple foreclosure cases, and interned at a law firm where he gained corporate transactional and intellectual property experience.

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Awards & Recognition

education

J.D., New York Law School (expected 2020)

B.A., Florida International University

bar admissions

pro bono

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Miami

Affiliations

Center of Business and Financial Law, New York Law School

Lexisnexis Legal Research Certification

Qualia Certified User

languages

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Benjamin Brookhim

Law Clerk

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Ben is currently a second-year law student at New York Law School. With a focus on Real Estate Law, Ben has worked on all sides of a real estate transaction. He has acquired his Real Estate Referral License in New Jersey as well as completed projects as an intern for the commercial brokerage firm, Cushman and Wakefield, and as a property analysts intern for Property Solutions.

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Awards & Recognition

education

J.D., New York Law School (expected 2021)

B.S., Montclair State University

bar admissions

Pro-Bono

Affiliations

Center for Real Estate Studies, New York Law School

NJ Real Estate Referral Agent License

languages

Farsi (Conversational)

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