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Jay Lau, ESQ.

Admitted to:
New York State Bar (January of 2004)
New Jersey State Bar (November of 2003)

Education: Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Juris Doctorate (2003)
New York University, Bachelor of Arts (1999)

Mr. Lau began his legal career at the law firm of Kee & Lau-Kee, LLP where he handled residential and commercial real estate and banking/financing transactions. Mr. Lau handled banking transaction for institutions such as HSBC, JP MorganChase, Citibank, and The Bank of New York. During his time with the firm, Mr. Lau developed a broad base of experience in a variety of legal matters which include business transactions, trust & estates, and immigration.

Mr. Lau later founded his own practice, Lau & Associates, P.C. where his practice encompasses real estate matters, having represented purchasers, sellers, lenders, developers and sponsors in a wide range of real estate transactions including the purchase, sale, and financing of cooperative apartments, condominiums, private homes, commercial strip malls, apartment buildings and the coordination of IRC 1031 exchange transfers. Though the majority of his practice is real estate based, Mr. Lau does handle the purchase and sale of businesses, forming corporate entities, preparing and probating Will’s, drafting lease agreements, and immigration matters.

During law school, Mr. Lau cultivated a broad foundation in the legal field, working for mid-sized firm litigating insurance claims, interning for the Federal Trade Commission investigating violations of federal antitrust & consumer protection laws, and interning for Deloitte & Touche as corporate in-house counsel dealing with compliance issues.

Prior to attending law school, Mr. Lau was involved in finance working for Solomon Smith Barney as an analyst, managing stock distributions to private investors and venture capitalists prior to initial public offering. Mr. Lau was also involved in fixed income research at Prudential Securities packaging and pricing asset and commercial backed bonds.

In the news

Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2013
50 Outstanding Asian American Businessmen 2013
Mann Report 2012
World journal – Asian American Professionals in the Community - 2009

Emily Chow

Emily S. Chow is an associate of Lau and Associates, P.C. and a member of the firm's Real Estate practice. Ms. Chow's practice focuses on the representation of institutional lenders and financial institutions and residential purchase and sales. Ms. Chow has represented both purchasers and sellers in acquisitions and sales of residential single and multifamily homes, condominiums and cooperative corporations in Manhattan, Queens, Brooklyn, Westchester and Long Island.

Ms. Chow has experience representing lending institutions and borrowers in residential real estate transactions. The lending institutions that Ms. Chow has represented include Wells Fargo Bank, N.A., DE Capital Mortgage, LLC and First Allied Home Mortgage.

Ms. Chow received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Cinema Studies and French with a minor in Pre-Business Studies from New York University, Tisch School of the Arts. She then went on to receive her Juris Doctorate from California Western School of Law in San Diego in 2010 where she received three Academic Achievement Awards (Highest Grade in the Class) and was recognized on the Dean’s List. Ms. Chow joined Lau & Associates, P.C. in 2011. She is admitted to practice law in the State of New York and California.

Of Counsel

Peter M. Carrozzo

Admitted to:
New York State Bar (January 1997)

Education:
New York University School of Law, LL.M. (2000)
St. John’s University School of Law, J.D. Cum Laude (1996)

Mr. Carrozzo began his career in 1997 practicing in a real estate law practice in Forest Hills. Additionally, Mr. Carrozzo acted as a title closer and of counsel reader and clearance attorney for numerous title companies. Throughout law school and in practice, Mr. Carrozzo worked as a research assistant, teachers’ assistant and contributor to a number of law review projects and legal texts, focusing on Constitutional Law. In 1999 he entered New York University School of Law to pursue an LL.M. with a concentration in Legal History and Legal Scholarship, and a focus on real property. While at NYU Law and for a number of years after, Mr. Carrozzo was a member of the Legal History Colloquium, a group of professors and academics reading, discussing and analyzing dissertations, books and articles in the legal history field. Upon graduation Mr. Carrozzo completed his first law review article: Tenancies in Antiquity: A Transformation of Concurrent Ownership for Modern Relationships, published in the Marquette Law Review, Winter 2001, Volume 85.

After graduating with an LL.M. in Legal History, Mr. Carrozzo pursued an academic career while focusing his law practice on real estate, estates and title insurance. Additionally, Mr. Carrozzo researched and drafted appellate briefs to the Appellate Division and Court of Appeals for law firms. Over the next several years, Mr. Carrozzo wrote a history of the changes to the American mortgage in the twentieth century, relating how the ancient concept of a mortgage as a “dead pledge” on land for the purpose of borrowing money evolved into an international investment vehicle with both positive and negative consequences. The two articles that comprised this study are: Marketing the American Mortgage: The Emergency Home Finance Act of 1970, Standardization and the Secondary Market Revolution, published in the Real Property, Probate and Trust Journal, Winter 2005, Volume 39; and A New Deal for the American Mortgage: The Homeowners’ Loan Corporation, the National Housing Act and the Birth of the National Mortgage Market, published in the University of Miami Business Law Review, Winter 2008, Volume XVII.

Mr. Carrozzo is an Adjunct Professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice where he teaches Constitutional Law. Mr. Carrozzo also maintains a website, www.Constitutionland.com, which attempts to bring constitutional law to “we the people.” He is chief counsel at Cornerstone Land Abstract, LLC in Bayside, New York and blogs on a number of legal issues ranging from real property law, title insurance and constitutional rights, particularly of members of the LGBT community.

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