Jonathan J. Chou Counsel

T 973.597.2530 | F 973.597.2531

Startup founders, technologists, and other innovators look to Jonathan for strategic advice and counsel across the life cycle of their businesses, from conception, through growth and fundraising, and all the way to exit.

For his entire career, Jonathan has been involved in the tech and venture space. As an early employee and cancer researcher with TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals, a venture-backed startup biotech company, Jonathan contributed to the discovery and development of small-molecule targeted cancer therapeutics. Such experiences have equipped him with a unique perspective for tackling the challenges and opportunities facing founders and startups.

Nowadays, Jonathan no longer sports a lab coat or plays with pipettes; instead of solving biomolecular puzzles, he helps his clients solve their own puzzles. He’s industry-agnostic when it comes to representing companies and investors and has represented clients in digital media, robotics, biotechnology, e-commerce, social media, ed-tech, SaaS, enterprise software, ad-tech, and more.

Jonathan sees himself not only as an outside general counsel, but as an advisor and friend who can provide a dose of business practicality to legal issues. In addition to advising startups, Jonathan also represents angel, venture capital, and strategic investors involved in the technology sector.

Principal areas of focus include:

  • Seed and angel financings/investments
  • Venture and growth financings/investments
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • IP/technology-licensing transactions
  • Corporate governance

As an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School, Jonathan teaches a course on venture capital and angel investing.

Representative Engagements

Start-ups and tech companies in a wide range of industries including: 
    - CB Insights 
    - Bauble Bar 
    - Imagine Easy Solutions (acquired by Chegg) 
    - Maker’s Row 
    - Behance (acquired by Adobe) 
    - Clover Health 
    - Buddy Media (acquired by Salesforce) 
    - SprezzaBox 
    - ChowNow 
    - Keaton Row 
    - RJMetrics 
    - Novus Partners 
    - Spongecell 
    - Dstillery 
    - Slash
Venture capital funds and other angel and private investors in their investments, including: 
    - Google Ventures 
    - RRE Ventures 
    - Sequoia Capital 
    - Flybridge Capital Partners 
    - Bessemer Venture Partners 
    - Insight Venture Partners 
    - Accel Partners 
    - FirstMark Capital 
    - Shasta Ventures 
    - Battery Ventures 
    - New Enterprise Associates 
    - Rho Capital

Related Areas

Life Sciences
The Tech Group
Venture Capital, Angel Investing, and M&A


University of Pennsylvania Law School ( J.D. , 2009 )
Princeton University ( A.B. , 2004 ) , Molecular Biology

Bar Admissions

New Jersey
United States Patent and Trademark Office