James P. ChouPartner
James P. Chou is a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, resident in the Manhattan office.
Mr. Chou focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation for hedge funds, private equity funds, major financial institutions and multinational corporations.
He regularly advises and represents leading investment fund clients and their portfolio companies in managing and assessing their litigation risks with regard to their investments and related transactions, as well as proceedings, including trials, before various courts and tribunals.
In addition to commercial litigation work, Mr. Chou served as pro bono counsel for the New York County Democratic Committee in Lopez Torres v. New York State Board of Elections, a First Amendment associational rights case involving the constitutionality of New York’s convention system for nominating judicial candidates for the state’s Supreme Court, which was profiled in the New York Law Journal as one of the “Top Ten Cases of 2004.” In connection with the case, he tried a multi-day evidentiary hearing before the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and was integrally involved in appeals to the 2nd Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, which rendered a unanimous decision upholding the convention system in January 2008.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Chou practiced in the New York office of a major international firm.
Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. 1996
Member, Journal of Legal Ethics
New York University B.A., magna cum laude 1993
Phi Beta Kappa
Mr. Chou is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Third Circuits, the United States Supreme Court, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York.
Mr. Chou serves as a member of the Council on Judicial Administration of the New York City Bar Association and was one of the authors of Judicial Selection Methods in the State of New York: A Guide to Understanding and Getting Involved in the Selection Process. He has also previously served on the City Bar’s Federal Courts Committee and Minorities in the Courts Committee, and served as chair of the New York Democratic Committee’s Independent Judicial Screening Panel for Civil Court and Surrogate’s Court positions.
Mr. Chou is a strong proponent of diversity in the legal profession. He is a past president of the Asian American Bar Association of New York and currently serves as a member of its Advisory Committee and a vice chair of its Judiciary Committee. He is also a member of the Founders Circle of the Don H. Liu Scholarship Program (named after the Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Xerox Corporation), which seeks to identify and cultivate future Asian American leaders of the legal profession. From 2007-2009, Mr. Chou served on the Board of the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association as its Northeast Regional Governor.
2008-Best Lawyers Under 40 Award, National Asian Pacific American Bar Association
Panelist, “Deposition Boot Camp and Ethics Minefield”, AABANY Litigation Committee, July 11, 2012
Panelist, “Your Path Through the Court and to the Bench: What You Need to Know to Get Through a Day in Court”, New York State Bar Association, Commercial and Federal Litigation Committee Spring Meeting, May 20, 2012
Panelist, “Demystifying Judicial Screening Panels”, New York City Bar Association, January 10, 2012
Co-moderator, “Diversity on the Bench and Pathways to the Judiciary: the APA Perspective”, Asian American Bar Association of New York Fall Conference, September 17, 2011
Co-author, “A Primer on Federal Magistrate Judges”, AABANY Advocate, Spring 2011, Volume XII, Issue II
Co-author, “Judicial Diversity”, AABANY Advocate, Winter 2011, Volume XII, Issue I
Panelist, “Do the Right Thing: Networking, Mentoring, Business and Leadership Development for the Diverse Attorney – Challenges and Best Practices”, New York State Bar Association Annual Meeting, January 24, 2011
Panelist, “Why Choose Diverse Bar Associations in Tough Economic Times?”, MetLife Diversity Roundtable Discussion, December 9, 2009
Author,” Progress Made, Hard Work Remains, New York Law Journal, May 1, 2009
Panelist, “Crossing the Line: the Bounds of Zealous Advocacy”, NAPABA Convention, November 12, 2008
Panelist, “Addressing Judicial Selection Methods in New York State”, Puerto Rican Bar Association sponsored forum, October 23, 2007