Morgan Chu, a partner since 1982 with renowned Los Angeles intellectual property law firm Irell & Manella LLP, has appeared on numerous lists of the top trial attorneys in the United States over the course of his career. In 2007, he received the UCLA Medal from the University of California, Los Angeles, where he earned his bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees in the early 1970s. The medal honors its recipients for distinguished achievement and professional eminence. Chu has recovered more than $3 billion in jury awards and settlements in widely publicized intellectual property cases on behalf of clients in the high-technology field. He also is known as a major philanthropist in the Southern California community; his gifts include the endowment of a $2.5 million chair at the graduate school for biological science at City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, California.
As students at UCLA in the late 1960s, Morgan Chu and his wife Helen co-founded the school’s Asian American Studies Center, to which they subsequently gifted the funding to endow a scholarship. His stellar academic career also includes a Master of Studies in Law from Yale University and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.