Jean L. Chou, Esq.
Managing Attorney

 

With over a decade of real estate and entrepreneurship experience, Jean believes human connection, 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 real estate and tax 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.

 

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
"Super Lawyers" NY Rising Stars in Real Estate, NY Times Magazine
"AVVO's"Client's Choice for Real Estate"
"Best Advocate Award", New York Law School

 

EDUCATION
J.D., New York Law School
B.S., Boston University

 

BAR ADMISSIONS
New York
New Jersey

 

LANGUAGES
Mandarin Chinese

View Posts by Jean

Alison C. Gaskin, Esq.
Associate Attorney

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.

AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
"Super Lawyers" NY Rising Stars in Real Estate, NY Times Magazine

EDUCATION
J.D., New York Law School
B.A., Fordham University

BAR ADMISSIONS
New York
New Jersey

View Posts by Alison
Polina Brandis, Esq.
Associate Attorney
 
Polina is a dedicated professional with a passion for contracts and New York real estate. Prior to joining the JLC team, she worked as the due diligence coordinator for a high profile investment properties team in New York City. She believes that tailored service, personal attention and transparency are key facets of a productive and wholesome client relationship. During law school, Polina focused her studies on various aspects of contracts Law, making Real Estate a natural fit. Having lived through the immigrant experience firsthand with her family, Polina has dedicated hours of pro bono time with the CUNY Citizenship Now application assistance program, has often served as a translator for elderly immigrants dealing with medical, state and city organizations, and enjoys helping children who have recently come to the US assimilate into their new American classrooms. A true Brooklynite at heart, Polina’s favorite pastime is creating dessert tables for friends and family.

EDUCATION
J.D., New York Law School
B.A., CUNY Bernard Baruch College

BAR ADMISSIONS
New York

LANGUAGES
Russian
David Hung-Yi Hsiao, Esq.
Associate Attorney

Hung-Yi is dedicated to providing excellent legal services to our clients. Years of experience as a litigation and corporate attorney in Taiwan has honed his proficiency in the civil law system and his ability to handle transnational legal matters. After coming to the U.S., Hung-Yi earned his Master of Law degree from NYU and practiced in the field of immigration law. He has extensive experience in various visa petitions (H-1B, O-1, J-1, L-1, E1, E2, TN) and employment/family based permanent residency application, with a focus on expedited pathways such as Individuals with Extraordinary Ability (EB-1A) and National Interest Waiver (NIW). Hung-Yi is also fluent in Mandarin Chinese. 


EDUCATION

LL.M., New York University

LL.B and LL. M., National Taiwan University


BAR ADMISSIONS

New York

Taiwan

LANGUAGES
Mandarin Chinese

Andrew Ward
Paralegal
 
Andrew is our paralegal and has an extensive background representing lenders in residential foreclosures and landlord tenant law. Prior to entering the legal realm, Andrew lived and worked abroad in Russia as a lecturer at Tomsk State University. Born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, he attended The Ohio State University and has a B.A. in Russian language and culture. As a relatively new resident of New York City, he enjoys exploring the city’s vibrant culinary offerings. Other hobbies include guitar building and songwriting.

EDUCATION
B.A., The Ohio State University
 
LANGUAGES
Russian
Emily Partridge
Office Manager


Emily ensures that our office operations run smoothly so we can provide excellent service to our clients. She went to school in Boston and spent several years working in student affairs in California before moving to New York and joining JLC & Associates. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Emily now resides in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In her spare time, Emily loves cooking, exploring farmer’s markets, and taking her Boston terrier Roswell to the dog park.


EDUCATION
B.A., Boston University
M.S.W., Boston University