A man of service, Los Angeles-based attorney Morgan Chu has won billions of dollars in settlements and jury verdicts and shared his success through philanthropic endeavors, on organizational boards, and as a speaker and lecturer. Recognized as one of the country’s top intellectual property and trial lawyers, Mr. Chu also provides considerable pro bono work, including a six-year effort resulting in a conviction reversal for a California death row inmate upheld by the United States Supreme Court. Morgan Chu’s recent awards include selection as one of 40 of The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers by The National Law Journal and the UCLA Medal, which is bestowed on an individual with “genuine eminent distinction.”
A Partner of Irell & Manella LLP since 1982, Morgan Chu acted as an Adjunct Professor at the UCLA School of Law for three years and served as the Ross Traphagen Distinguished Alumni Speaker at Harvard University, where he also spoke at symposia at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and Harvard Law School. Morgan Chu has addressed audiences at Stanford, Georgetown, and Northwestern Universities; the California Institute of Technology; the University of California, Berkeley; and other institutions. Additionally, he was the keynote speaker for the 30th anniversary dinner of the Asian American Studies Center at UCLA, which he co-founded, and addressed the Milken Institute as an invited speaker.
Morgan Chu shares his expertise on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee of Public Counsel Law Center, Harvard Board of Overseers, and UCLA Board of Governors. He also sits on the Executive Committee of the Intellectual Property Law Institute at the University of Southern California, where he previously acted as the Founding Chair. Morgan Chu and his wife have generously endowed scholarships at UCLA and Harvard and support the City of Hope Graduate School of Biological Sciences, now known as the Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences.