Director of Estate Planning and Probate
Evolved Estates/Donner Applewhite
A native of Taiwan who moved to St. Louis for graduate and law school, Jasmine Chen says she understands “what it feels like to be an outsider, and the pain to be voiceless.” That empathy guides both her law practice and her commitment to community service.
The estate planning and probate director at her firm is a member of the Taiwanese Women’s Association, offering free medical directives to community elders amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
She also serves on the board of the Adam Morgan Foundation, which provides resources and creates inclusive opportunities for children with autism spectrum disorders and neurodiverse individuals. In that role, she’s helping to organize the foundation’s national conference in St. Louis later this year.
A colleague who nominated Chen for this award calls her “a beacon of light and a superhero for justice who passionately fights and gives it her all in the day-to-day tedium to break down cultural barriers, instill trust and restore dignity to everyone that she meets, not just her clients.”
What motivates you most in your work as an attorney and as an advocate for Diversity & Inclusion?
I strive to give a voice and support to those struggling, unheard and different. As a mother of two boys, I envision a better community for the next generation. I foresee a community that embraces and respects each other’s differences; an inclusive community that recognizes each person’s unique experiences.
What makes you most proud of your law firm/legal practice?
Our team has always been a relentless and untiring advocate for our clients, especially those who are underrepresented. We provide exceptional legal services and resources to all communities in the belief that no one should be deprived adequate assistance due to cultural, language, physical and disability barriers. Finally, I am proud of how we build clients for life by delivering genuine consultation and standing by them through all ongoing challenges.
Who has most inspired you in your work for Diversity & Inclusion, and why?
My clients inspire me daily. I have observed how they persevere and overcome difficulties and obstacles in their lives despite language barriers, limitations and bias. Whether it’s a non-speaking young adult with autism who gets accepted into a four-year university or a limited-English-speaking lawyer from a foreign country who placed her faith in my firm to bring her justice, I feel empowered by their strength and resiliency. This fuels my advocacy.