Chi-Ru Jou, New York Blockchain Attorney

Chi-Ru Jou

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Chi-Ru Jou, a partner in the firm’s Corporate and Litigation Department, brings more than a decade of experience in securities litigation and enforcement as well as complex commercial litigation. Ms. Jou advises blockchain companies with regard to the federal and state securities laws, money transmitter laws, and smart contract dispute resolution mechanisms. Additionally, she represents investors, blockchain companies, cryptocurrency traders and advisors to blockchain companies in cryptocurrency-related commercial litigation as well as regulatory enforcement matters.

Beyond the blockchain industry, she has a broad commercial litigation background with strengths in the financial services and technology industries. Ms. Jou steers companies of all sizes, from startups to publicly traded enterprises, through their thorniest disputes involving capital markets, structured financial products, corporate governance conflicts, commercial contracts, employment and consulting agreements, and intellectual property matters.

Ms. Jou has been selected as a Rising Star of New York Metro by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2013 through 2016. Prior to joining Taylor English, Ms. Jou was a partner in the blockchain group of a major international law firm as well as the blockchain group of a boutique law firm. She began her career practicing securities litigation and regulatory enforcement at an international law firm headquartered in New York. Moreover, she was a judicial clerk to the Honorable Alan E. Norris of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Ms. Jou has published articles in CoinDesk, New York Law Journal, Bloomberg Law Reports, Virginia Journal of Law & Technology and Virginia Sports & Entertainment Law Journal. She is an active member of the 100 Women in Finance legal peer advisory group in, as well as a member of Harvard In Tech’s Crypto + Blockchain Circle, Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs, and the Columbia University Blockchain Alliance.

Ms. Jou is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she graduated with highest honors as a James Kent Scholar. She also holds an A.B. magna cum laude, in Philosophy from Harvard University, an M.A. cum laude in Music Theory from Yale University, and a D.M.A. cum laude in Piano Performance from the Juilliard School.


100 Women in Finance

Harvard In Tech’s Crypto + Blockchain Circle

Harvard Alumni Entrepreneurs

Columbia University Blockchain Alliance

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Columbia Law School, JD, with honors, James Kent Scholar

Harvard University, AB, magna cum laude, Philosophy

Yale University, MA, cum laude, Music Theory

Juilliard School, DMA, cum laude, Piano Performance

Bar Admissions

New York

Courts & Adjudicative Bodies

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit


New York Metro Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013-2016