Who is Morgan Chu?
Morgan Chu, an intellectual property attorney, is one of the first Asian Americans to lead a major U.S. law firm. Chu's professional accolades recognize him as one of the nation’s most influential lawyers and most successful trial attorneys.
A high school dropout, Chu went on to earn advanced degrees from Harvard, Yale and UCLA. In 2007, UCLA awarded Chu the UCLA Medal, the university’s highest accolade for exceptional achievement, citing Chu’s "groundbreaking approach to intellectual property" and honoring him as a founder of the Asian American Studies Center.
Chu was named The Outstanding Intellectual Property Lawyer in the United States in the first Chambers Award for Excellence, 2006. Chambers has described Chu as "beyond doubt the most gifted trial lawyer in the USA."
Chu served as the co-managing partner of the firm Irell & Manella LLP from 1997–2003, and has been a member of its governing board, the Executive Committee, since 1985. In June 2009, Harvard alumni elected Chu to a six-year term as a member of the Harvard Board of Overseers.