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Mr. Morgan Chu

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Irell & Manella LLP
1800 Avenue Of The Stars Suite 900
Los Angeles, California 90067
United States

Company Description: •One of the leading law firms in the United States, Irell & Manella LLP was founded in Los Angeles in 1941. •Irell and Manella was voted the "Best Law Firm in...   more

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations


  • Honorary Degree
  • Harvard Law School J.D.
  • degrees
    Yale University M.S.L.
  • Ph.D.
  • Ph.D.
  • B.A.
  • M.A.
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Web References
Morgan Chu: Irell & Manella LLP, 17 April 2014 [cached]
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Morgan Chu Partner
Morgan Chu Elected President of Harvard Board of Overseers Morgan Chu Named Litigator of Year-West by Benchmark Litigation Daily Journal Names Morgan Chu, John Hueston and Andrei Iancu to Top 100 Lawyers List
Morgan Chu and Andrei Iancu Receive California Lawyer CLAY Award Morgan Chu Receives Honorary Degree Morgan Chu Elected to Harvard Board of Overseers Morgan Chu Receives UCLA Medal
Irell In The News Morgan Chu Featured in Litigation Daily
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.
Professional Awards
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:
Harvard Board of Overseers, 2009-present Honorary Doctoral Degree, City of Hope Graduate School of Biological Sciences, 2009 "UCLA School of Law Commencement Speaker," May 9, 2008. Mr. Chu 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. Read More View More View More View More View More View More View More
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On April 9, 2014, The Daily Journal, California's largest legal newspaper, named Morgan Chu, David Gindler, Ben Hattenbach, Andrei Iancu and Laura Seigle to its 2014 list of Top Intellectual Property Litigators.
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Morgan Chu
Practice Areas IP Litigation
Morgan Chu Elected President of Harvard Board of Overseers Print PDF April 2014
Morgan Chu, a partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP, has been elected president of the Harvard Board of Overseers, which is the oldest university governing board in the United States. The president is elected by the 30 members of the board.
Harvard President Drew Faust stated that Morgan and the newly elected vice-chair embody "the board's constant concern for understanding what helps Harvard thrive, challenging us to innovate and do still better, and encouraging us to think across traditional boundaries to see the university as a whole."
Actively involved in university leadership, Chu currently serves as chair of the board's standing committee on social sciences, as well as on the board's executive committee and the committee on schools, the college and continuing education. He also serves on several visiting committees, including those for the African and African American Studies Department, Department of Economics, Harvard Business School, Harvard Law School, and Harvard Medical School and the School of Dental Medicine.
Widely recognized as one of the nation's preeminent intellectual property lawyers, Chu was named one of the decade's 40 most influential lawyers and one of the top 10 trial lawyers in the nation by the National Law Journal. He was selected as the "Outstanding Intellectual Property Lawyer" in the United States for the first Chambers Award for Excellence in 2006. Chambers has described Chu as "beyond doubt the most gifted trial lawyer in the USA," who "delivers staggering results for clients. He started his career at Irell in 1977, was elected partner in 1982, and served two terms as the firm's co-managing partner from 1997 to 2003.
Chu's parents emigrated from China during World War II. He dropped out of high school, but later talked his way into college, and then by age 25 earned five degrees, a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles; an M.S.L. from Yale University; and a J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude.
In 2007, Chu received the UCLA Medal, the highest honor bestowed by the university. UCLA recognized Chu's role as a founder of the Asian American Studies Center when he was a student and his "ground breaking approach to intellectual property. Chu's pro bono work has included a successful landmark six-year fight for a death row inmate. Chu is also the longest serving member of the Board of Directors of Public Counsel, the nation's largest pro bono law firm.
Best Lawyers - Advisory Board, 6 July 2011 [cached]
Morgan Chu
Irell & Manella, Los Angeles
Co-Managing Partner of the firm from 1997 to 2003, Mr. Chu was named one of the "Top Ten Trial Lawyers" in the nation by the National Law Journal. He is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of Public Counsel, the largest pro bono law office in the United States.
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Morgan Chu and Harvard Board of Overseers
Morgan Chu, Chinese American intellectual lawyer of New York, has been elected for a term of six years as a member of Harvard Board of Overseers, according to Harvard University resources. Harvard Board of Overseers is among the two boards that control Harvard University. Harvard Board of Overseers elects Morgan Chu along with various other dignitaries which include Linda J. Greenhouse - former reporter of New York Times, Photeine M. Anagnostopoulo - Chief Operating Officer of New York City Public Schools, Cristián Samper - the Smithsonian's Director of the Museum of Natural History, Walter Clair - cardiologist from Vanderbilt University and Joshua S. Boger - the former CEO of Vertex Pharmaceuticals.
Career and education of Morgan Chu
Morgan Chu joined the law firm Irell & Manella in 1977 after graduating J.D in 1976 from the Harvard Law School. He became the member of law firm's executive committee in 1985. He had done his BA in 1971, MA in 1972, and PhD in 1973 from University of California at Los Angeles. M.S.L. was completed in 1974 from Yale University and J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1976. Though Morgan was one time school drop out but now he had won the title of one of the top ten intellectual property trial lawyers of New York.
Contributions and awards of Morgan Chu
Morgan has been acclaimed among the top ten intellectual property trial lawyers at national level by the National Law Journal working in Los Angeles as a partner of Irell and Manella, a leading law firm. He has also been honored by Chambers USA as Top Intellectual Property Lawyer in the United States and by Los Angeles Magazine as Number One Super Lawyer in Southern California. In 1069 he also contributed as one of the founders of UCLA Asian American Studies Center. Since 1993 Chu contributed in various activities including the member of Executive Committee and Board of Directors of Public Counsel. Chu was awarded by University of California,Los Angeles with UCLA Medal in 2007 and Center for Public Resources awarded him for Excellence and Innovation in Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) with Significant Achievement Award in 1987. Morgan Chu along with his wife had donated a scholarship for UCLA Center.
Thus, Harvard Board of Overseers elects Morgan Chu on the basis of his excellent working in legal as well as social; matters throughout Los Angles and nation. His nationwide popularity compelled the Harvard Board of Overseers to elect him as its member.
Morgan Chu and Harvard Board of Overseers
Morgan Chu and Harvard Board of Overseers
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