Joanne Zhou is the founder and managing partner of The Zhou Law Group, and a Certified Family Law Specialist (CFLS) – the highest recognition of family law expertise issued by the Board of Legal Specialization of the State Bar of California. Ms. Zhou has represented over 1,000 clients in the past 10 years and is well known for her talent, compassion, competence, and efficiency. Her strength lies in her ability to simplify complicated divorce issues and propose intelligent, effective solutions for her clients.

As a prominent member of the California Bar Association and California Family Law Association, Ms. Zhou regularly gives exclusive interviews to Tencent, and many other mainstream media companies, with her comments on trending legal news and topics, which have gained over 50 million views in total. Her pristine reputation speaks volumes about her exceptional skills and profound social influence.

Ms. Zhou has represented clients in all types of dissolution proceedings, be it local or international, ranging from relatively straightforward matters to the most complex and high asset ones involving children, business, investment (restricted stock units, stock options, IPO-related equity), and various other assets and liabilities. Ms. Zhou is proficient in both Chinese and English, well versed in the multicultural background, and thus adept at understanding and meeting the needs of domestic and cross-border clients.

Before founding The Zhou Law Group, Ms. Zhou worked side by side with a highly recognized San Jose Lawyer Stanley K. Yim for several years. Together they assisted numerous clients from various ethnic groups with their immigration and family law concerns. Prior to coming to San Jose, Ms. Zhou also clerked with Judge David Shaheed in Indianapolis, Indiana. These experiences proved invaluable as they helped Ms. Zhou mature into a reputable and accomplished professional with moral integrity.


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D.
  • China University of Political Science and Law, LLB


  • State Bar of California


  • California Lawyers Association (CLA)
  • Santa Clara County Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Alameda County Family Law Association


  • The Supreme Court of The State of California
  • US District Court of Northern California


  • English
  • Chinese / Mandarin



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