Yuan Zhou


Yuan Zhou works with Boutin Jones clients to build personalized strategies through trusts and estates to advance each client’s unique needs, and represent them in probate matters. She brings deep experience in practice areas that strengthen her estate planning and probate practice. She is a former investment planner, litigator and corporate attorney—roles that inform the advice she gives to individuals who have estates comprised of businesses and complex investments. She speaks fluent Chinese (Mandarin) and has the ability to relate to individuals from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. Originally from China, Yuan received her master’s degree from the University of Florida and then attended law school in Chicago, where she later worked for the SmithAmundsen law firm (now Amundsen Davis) counseling global business leaders.

“My goal is to walk clients through the legal process step-by-step, letting them know what to expect so they readily understand it and so that there are no surprises.”

"I greatly enjoy exploring the world, from different lands to various cultures. With such exploration, I’m able to experience different versions of the world and by its extension, different versions of myself.”


Advised executives on legal matters involving corporate issues, commercial disputes, premises liability and construction claims

Represented companies and individuals in complex litigation and investigations involving claims such as breach of fiduciary duties, breach of contract, and violations of the Trade Secrets Act, unfair competition, noncompetition, and other federal and state law claims

Managed all phases of litigation, including pre-litigation counseling, drafting litigation plans and analyses, conducting written discovery, taking depositions, performing motions practice, attending mediations and settlement negotiations

Counseled China-based senior business personnel on risk mitigation when expanding business in the United States, Analyzed, drafted, and negotiated commercial agreements related to business operations and global executive searches for international global executive search and leadership consulting firm Drafted and created employment and termination agreements to mitigate legal risk

Conducted legal research and briefed business stakeholders on issues and risk mitigation related to Chinese market