About Stephen Lou
Stephen Lou is an EB-5 immigration attorney at the law office of Zhang & Associates, P.C. headquartered in Houston. Attorney Lou’s work focuses on investment-based immigration (EB-5) and other employment-based immigration matters at both the individual and corporate level. He also works with cases involving L, H-1B, and E nonimmigrant worker visa petitions.
Zhang & Associates, P.C. was founded in 1996 and has since successfully handled thousands of diverse cases, including immigration and domestic and international business transactions. The firm has been featured on The Houston 100, a ranking of the fastest-growing private businesses with a significant economic impact on the city of Houston. Zhang & Associates has offices in Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, Silicon Valley, and Austin to accommodate their rapidly increasing clientele in the United States.
Prior to joining the firm, attorney Lou, a native of the San Francisco Bay Area, lived in Beijing for seven years and worked at the largest Chinese law firm King & Wood Mallesons (金杜律师事务所). While there, he worked as foreign legal counsel representing Chinese state-owned enterprises in their mergers and acquisitions transactions outside China and representing foreign (non-Chinese) clients in their investments in China.
Coming from an immigrant family, attorney Lou had developed a strong interest in immigration law before his legal career. He has had first-hand experience of the immigration process with his wife, a native of China, and understands the immigration process from the perspective of an applicant.
During law school, attorney Lou volunteered with the Katharine and George Alexander Law Center (formerly the East San Jose Community Law Center) and helped exclusively with I-130 family based immigration matters, VAWA and asylum cases, and served at their weekly free immigration walk-in clinic. He also worked as law clerk for an immigration attorney in San Jose, helping in the drafting/preparing of NIW and EB-1 applications.
Attorney Lou received his bachelor’s degree in political science with a minor in global peace and security from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He earned his Juris Doctor at Santa Clara University School of Law and his master’s of law from Peking University School of Law. He was the recipient of the Emery Law Scholarship for 2000, 2001, and 2002 at Santa Clara and received an academic scholarship at Peking University.
Attorney Lou speaks conversational Mandarin.