Jennifer W. Chau is an associate in Herrick's Private Clients Department. She is focused on the preparation of a spectrum of estate planning documents, including corporate and trust assignments forms and entity formation documents, as well as various domestic and international gift and tax plans. She advises on all aspects of estate and trust administration, including the creation and integration of the use of various estate planning tools such as limited liability companies, corporations and other forms of entities.  She has had experience with drafting and reviewing organizational formation documents, assignments and assumptions within and between organizational structures and trusts, as well as analyzing bylaws, operating agreements and organizational structures as it relates to assignments and gifting in estate planning and corporate finance matters.

Prior to joining Herrick, Jennifer worked as a corporate associate at an Am Law Global 100 firm where her experience included representing leading investment banks, institutional investors and commercial banks in connection with public and private capital markets transactions, including debt offerings, high yield bond offerings, direct lending, mezzanine financings, private equity investments, bank financings, syndicated institutional loans and asset backed loans in connection with acquisition financings, leveraged buyouts, going-private transactions, recapitalizations, project financings, bridge lending and loan commitments, out-of-court restructurings and other multi-billion dollar financing transactions.  Jennifer has also had experience working as in-house legal on secondment for a bulge bracket bank in New York City.

During law school, Jennifer served as a judicial intern for a judge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and studied Chinese law abroad at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Jennifer has also studied abroad in Egypt and Qatar. Jennifer has been invited to serve as a panelist at various discussions and conferences for women in finance or women on Wall Street. Jennifer is also involved in pro bono legal services, including estate planning and will drafting, through organizations including VOLS and HerJustice.

Memberships & Associations

  • New York State Bar Association, Trusts and Estates Law Section, Member
  • Asian American Bar Association of New York, Member