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Mr. Chu is a partner of Irell & Manella LLP.
He was named The Outstanding Intellectual Property Lawyer in the United States in the first Chambers Award for Excellence, 2006.
Chambers has described Mr. Chu as "beyond doubt the most gifted trial lawyer in the USA," who "delivers staggering results for clients."
Mr. Chu was Co-Managing Partner of the firm for two terms from 1997 to 2003 and has been a member of its Executive Committee since 1985.
He is presently Chair of the Litigation Group.
After law school, Mr. Chu clerked for the Honorable Charles M. Merrill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, joined Irell & Manella as an associate in 1977, and became a partner in 1982.
Mr. Chu was lead trial counsel in cases with over $4.3 billion in jury verdicts and settlements, including:
Mr. Chu was lead counsel for the defendant in one of the "Top Defense Verdicts" of 2010, Linear Technology v. Novellus Systems, in which Irell secured a unanimous jury verdict in favor of Novellus on all of the plaintiff's causes of action - including breach of contract and lack of good faith and fair dealing.
Mr. Chu was also lead counsel for the alleged infringer in one of the "Top Ten Defense Verdicts for 2005," Ultratech Stepper Inc. v. ASML, in which the jury found plaintiff's patent invalid by clear and convincing evidence, and in Boole & Babbage v. Candle Corporation in the first trial involving a patent on computer software in 1986, where the jury also invalidated the patent.
Some of Mr. Chu's
professional awards include:
One of 40 selected as "The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers" by The National Law Journal
, for 2000-2009 (2010)
"Top Ten Trial Lawyers" in the nation, The National Law Journal
(describing Mr. Chu as a "Giant Killer")
"100 Most Influential Lawyers in America" by The National Law Journal
since 1994 (describing Mr. Chu as "an innovator, with a penchant for reversing trends" along with "extensive pro bono work.")
"Number One Super Lawyer in Southern California," receiving highest vote total in the first poll of 65,000 lawyers, by Los Angeles Magazine
, 2004 (describing Mr. Chu
as relishing the thrill of "the quixotic challenge of an impossible case")
"Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California" by Daily Journal
every year since inception in 1993 (describing Mr. Chu
as "brilliant, innovative, indefatigable, and unflappable.
Some of Mr. Chu's
other awards and activities include:
Board of Overseers, 2009-present
Honorary Doctoral Degree, City of Hope Graduate School of Biological Sciences
"UCLA School of Law Commencement Speaker," May 9, 2008.
delivered keynote speech to graduates at the UCLA School of Law commencement ceremony.
"UCLA Medal," June 2007.
Mr. Chu is a member of the Board of Directors of Public Counsel (since 1993) and its Executive Committee (since 1995).
Public Counsel is the nation's largest pro bono public-interest law firm.
He has previously served on the Board of Governors of the University of California, Los Angeles Foundation.
Mr. Chu also has been an Adjunct Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law and has served as a judge pro tem.