Morgan Chu - Partner at Irell & Manella LLP

Morgan Chu

In his distinguished 35 year career as an Associate, Partner, Managing Partner (for six years), and Executive Committee member of Los Angeles-based Irell & Manella LLP, famed litigator and intellectual property expert Morgan Chu has won numerous high-profile cases.

As lead trial counsel, the New York native has secured settlements and jury awards totaling more than $2.8 billion. The Chair of the Litigation Group at the firm, Morgan Chu has earned recognition from Chambers USA as one who “delivers staggering results for clients.” Chambers also described him as “beyond doubt the most gifted trial lawyer in the USA.” 

In City of Hope v. Genentech, Chu won the largest damage award in California ever affirmed by an appeals court, with the client ultimately receiving more than $480 million. In a lawsuit against Microsoft involving its operating system, MS-DOS, he secured a jury award of $120 million and a settlement from Microsoft after the court issued a global injunction against MS-DOS. TiVo v. EchoStar resulted in over $600 million paid to TiVo by the defendant after the jury verdict and post-trial proceedings, thanks to Morgan Chu. In another case, Immersion v. Sony, the plaintiff received more than $150 million.

He gained recognition as The Outstanding Intellectual Property Lawyer in the United States in a Chambers USA Award for Excellence and multiple accolades from several other organizations and publications. The National Law Journal, for instance, named him one of the country’s Top 10 Trial Lawyers, listed him in the 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America, and included him in a group of 40 of The Decade’s Most Influential Lawyers for the first decade of the new millennium. 

Morgan Chu holds five postgraduate degrees, including a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles; an M.S.L. from Yale University; and a J.D. from Harvard University.


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