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.
Super Lawyers - Rising Stars, NY Times Magazine
Client's Choice for Real Estate - AVVO
Best Advocate Award - New York Law School
J.D., New York Law School
B.S., Boston University School of Management
New York, 2010
City Bar Justice Center - Homeowner Stability Project
New Women New Yorkers
Women Owned Law
New York City Bar Association
Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)
Mandarin Chinese (Proficient)
"Real Estate Investing in New York - Fireside Chat with JLC & Associates" - Save My Cents Blog, March 17, 2020
"Taking the Fast Track - JLC's Jean Chou Proves Entrepreneurship Can Begin at the Beginning of a Career" - The Mann Report, March 3, 2020
"How Jean Chou Took a Virtual Park Avenue Address and Made It Real" - New York Metro Super Lawyers Magazine, September 30, 2019
"4 Things for Couples to Know If They're Delaying Marriage to Buy a Home" - DNAInfo, October 13, 2016
"Taxes and Legal Considerations Can Make or Break Your U.S. Real Estate Investments" - The Wolf Group Global Tax Advisory, September 12, 2016
"How Much House Can You Afford With a Low-Down-Payment Mortgage?" - International Business Times, February 28, 2016