As a recipient of the Award for Excellence as The Outstanding Intellectual Property Lawyer for 2006 in the United States, author Morgan Chu has forged a path to fame that has been one of personal achievement and dedication to his craft. He has achieved many recent awards and has the distinction of being one of the first Asian Americans to have the opportunity of leading a highly respected and well-known U.S. law firm.
He shares the distinction of being a recipient of the Award for Excellence from the first Chambers with many other well-known and respected International attorneys such as Wolf Theiss, Kromann Reumert, Clifford Chance, Gide Loyrette Nouel and André Andersson to name a few.
Born in 1950, Morgan Chu was the third child of a father who was an MIT graduate in Chemical Engineering and a mother who majored in Economics also at MIT. The pressure to excel in education and at life placed a great strain on him and he ended up dropping out of high school. However, by the age of 25, he had rediscovered himself and had earned five university degrees.
Morgan Chu attended UCLA where he received his B.A.,M.A. and Ph.D, going on to Yale to receive an M.S.L in 1974 and to the Harvard Law School, receiving his J.D. in 1976. From Harvard he became a law clerk with the U.S. Court of Appeals for Judge Charles M. Merrill of the Ninth Circuit Court from 1976-77 and in 1977 he began working for a firm in Los Angeles that has been his home since that time. The law firm of Irell & Manellahas been at the forefront of a number of attorney specialties including Intellectual Property matters.
In 1982, Chu became a partner in the firm of Irell & Manella and went on to win a number of court judgements for the company. By 2005, he had been awarded the prestigious honor of having won one of the "Top Ten Defense Verdicts". The case was Ultratech Stepper Inc. v. ASML and a unanimous verdict was found by the jury against the plaintiff.
Morgan Chu continued his rise through the company, piling up a number of awards including an Honorary Doctorate with the City of Hope Institution as well as the UCLA Medal in 2007, the Distinguished Avocate in 2006, one of the Top Ten Trial Lawyers awards, the PACE-setter Award in 2004 and a host of other awards and recognition. As an intellectual property attorney, Morgan Chu has set the example for attorney's of all nationalities to achieve.
He is currently serving on the Harvard Board of Overseers as well as the Board of Directors of Public Council and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at UCLA School of Law. Morgan Chu continues to be a leader with the law firm of Irell & Manella and has set an example that all attorneys should follow in their practice.