JLC & Associates

Jean L. Chou, Esq.


  • Real Estate Law
  • Contract Law


With over a decade of real estate and entrepreneurship experience, Jean believes hands-on collaboration and open communication are keys to fostering successful client relationships. She garnered an extensive background in real estate and development through her work at Blesso Properties, known for its award-winning design portfolio and eco-conscious projects, and TDR Equities, a Manhattan commercial real estate firm.

She has clerked under the Honorable Shirley W. Kornreich in NYS Supreme Court, where her first judicial opinion on commercial property damage was published in the court reports. Jean's prior experience at trusts and estates firms has become a natural synergy when advising our clients on strategic planning matters.

Private practice aside, Jean has also contributed years of service to pro bono representation, including fighting for asylum for LGBT individuals who feared persecution in their home countries, obtaining orders of protection for domestic violence victims and providing tax assistance to low-income families.

Jean was born in Philadelphia to Taiwanese parents and is an avid world traveler. She is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and has since lived in New Jersey, Boston and Australia but now considers New York her home.


“Jean was a godsend. She was recommended by a good friend, another real estate lawyer who moved out of state and could not represent us. My husband and I hired her to handle both the sale of our NY house and the purchase of a NJ house. She saw us through a year’s worth of delays and headaches caused by very difficult buyers. Despite it all, Jean was the consummate professional and she never complained and was never pushy. At various points, she presented the pros and cons of our legal options, and helped us calmly make the best choices under horrible circumstances. With poise and grace, she managed tense and challenging situations with another attorney to resolve matters in our favor. And when called for, she exercised legal pressure on our behalf but managed to never close the door on future negotiations. At our NY closing, she even received praise from the attorney and buyers for how smoothly she handled everything from the very beginning. We HIGHLY recommend Jean. She is a clear communicator and is very thorough; she made sure that all agents and lawyers involved with our NY sale and NJ purchase were aware of key issues and delivered on their promises. She was always mindful of our expectations, constraints, and deadlines. We are VERY satisfied with her representation, and are so grateful she helped us close on both our houses.”

- Fannie C., a real estate client

“Jean is extraordinary. It is inconceivable to me that there is any better choice than Jean. From the start, Jean was clear, concise, and proactive. Whenever I wanted to discuss something, she was highly responsive and patient. When I ran into difficulties with a slow-moving condo board, she didn’t miss a beat, stepped up and coached me while also coordinating with my real estate agent, and went way beyond what I had any right to expect. Though I’ve sold and bought properties before, I’m no expert. With Jean’s advice and coaching, though, I understood everything and had what I needed to make good decisions–on legal matters and beyond. As most high performers are, Jean is also backed by an excellent team. In my lifetime, I’ve had now four closings. I know the difference between adequate and excellent. Jean is excellent.”

-Keith D., a real estate client

“This is a skilled law group. We used them to help us purchase a COOP in Brooklyn. Every detail of the process and the contract was explained to us. Every question was answered promptly and there was genuine concern for us as people and our particular situation. Nothing seemed to be beyond their capabilities. They resolved every situation with skill and quiet competence and made sure our interests were fairly represented. In the end everything went very smoothly. We found much to admire and like in all of them. They also made a referral to another attorney [not related to real estate] which worked out very well.”

- Lynn E., a real estate client

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