Morgan Chu

Morgan Chu


Irell & Manella LLP

Recognized since 1995

Los Angeles, California

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Information Technology Law

Litigation - Intellectual Property

Litigation - Patent

Patent Law

Technology Law

Trademark Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Patent Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Technology Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Bet-the-Company Litigation
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Mr. Chu is a partner of Irell & Manella LLP. He was named The Outstanding Intellectual Property Lawyer in the United States in the first Chambers Award for Excellence, 2006. Chambers has described Mr. Chu as “beyond doubt the most gifted trial lawyer in the USA,” who “delivers staggering results for clients.”

Mr. Chu was Co-Managing Partner of the firm for two terms from 1997 to 2003 and has been a member of its Executive Committee since 1985. He is presently Chair of the Litigation Group.

After law school, Mr. Chu clerked for the Honorable Charles M. Merrill of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, joined Irell & Manella as an associate in 1977, and became a partner in 1982.

Mr. Chu was lead trial counsel in some of the world’s largest—and in some cases precedent-setting—verdicts, judgments and settlements, resulting in actual payments totaling over $5 billion, including:

City of Hope v. Genentech – The jury verdict was the largest damage award ever affirmed on appeal by California courts. More than $565 million was paid by the defendant. TiVo v. EchoStar, et al. – $1.6 billion in judgments and settlements including over $600 million paid by EchoStar after the jury verdict and post-trial proceedings;

TiVo v. Motorola and TiVo v. Cisco – $490 million; TiVo v. AT&T – $215 million; TiVo v. Verizon – $250 million, plus future royalties.

Stac Electronics v. Microsoft – $120 million jury verdict.

Immersion v. Sony – After the jury verdict of $82 million, plaintiff was paid more than $150 million.

Texas Instruments v. Samsung – Settlement over $1 billion from ITC and district court actions (co-lead counsel).

Mr. Chu was lead counsel for the defendant in one of the "Top Defense Verdicts" of 2010, Linear Technology v. Novellus Systems, in which Irell secured a unanimous jury verdict in favor of Novellus on all of the plaintiff's causes of action – including breach of contract and lack of good faith and fair dealing. Mr. Chu was also lead counsel for the alleged infringer in one of the “Top Ten Defense Verdicts for 2005,” Ultratech Stepper Inc. v. ASML, in which the jury found plaintiff’s patent invalid by clear and convincing evidence, and in Boole & Babbage v. Candle Corporation in the first trial involving a patent on computer software in 1986, where the jury also invalidated the patent.

Contact & Links

Location

  • 1800 Avenue of the Stars, Suite 900
    Los Angeles, CA 90067-4276

Education

  • Yale University , M.S.L., graduated 1974

Affiliations

  • Harvard Board of Overseers - President

Irell & Manella LLP
Los Angeles, California

18 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

4 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2020 - Patent Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2019 - Technology Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2016 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Information Technology Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2012 - Litigation - Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2010 - Bet-the-Company Litigation

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Patent Law, Los Angeles (2020)
  • Technology Law, Los Angeles (2019)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Los Angeles (2016)
  • Information Technology Law, Los Angeles (2015)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Los Angeles (2014)
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property, Los Angeles (2012)
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation, Los Angeles (2010)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2022 for work in:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Information Technology Law
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Patent Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trademark Law

Special Focus

  • Antitrust
  • Appellate
  • Biotechnology
  • Civil Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Copyright
  • Defendants
  • E-Commerce
  • Entertainment Law
  • Fiduciary Duties
  • Fraud
  • Hardware
  • Information Technology
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet
  • Licensing
  • Litigation
  • Patent
  • Software
  • Technology
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark

Awards:

  • “Top Ten Trial Lawyers” in the nation, The National Law Journal (describing Mr. Chu as a “Giant Killer”)
  • One of 40 selected as "The Decade's Most Influential Lawyers" by The National Law Journal, for 2000-2009 (2010)
  • Chu as “an innovator, with a penchant for reversing trends” along with “extensive pro bono work.”)
  • “Number One Super Lawyer in Southern California,” receiving highest vote total in the first poll of 65,000 lawyers, by Los Angeles Magazine, 2004 (describing Mr. Chu as relishing the thrill of “the quixotic challenge of an impossible case”)
  • “Top 100 Most Influential Lawyers in California” by Daily Journal every year since inception in 1993 (describing Mr. Chu as “brilliant, innovative, indefatigable, and unflappable. The kind of guy you can imagine performing his own appendectomy.”)
  • Number One IP lawyer in California in 2003-04, according to Chambers Global
  • One of the “Top 10 Most Influential Lawyers in California” by California Law Business (1999)
  • Honorary Doctoral Degree, City of Hope Graduate School of Biological Science, 2009
  • "UCLA Medal," June 2007. The Medal is "the highest accolade for exceptional achievement that the University of California, Los Angeles may bestow upon an individual."
  • "PACE-Setter Award," 2004. The PACE-Setter Awards are presented annually to people of "outstanding accomplishment and meaningful endeavor."
  • "Learned Hand Award," 2003. The Learned Hand Award is "the highest honor the American Jewish Committee bestows upon a member of the legal profession who has been a voice of understanding and goodwill."
  • "Distinguished Advocate," 2006. The Edwin A. Heafey Jr. Center for Trial and Appellate Advocacy at Santa Clara University School of Law each year selects an outstanding trial or appellate lawyer to visit the law school as a "Distinguished Advocate."
  • "UCLA School of Law Commencement Speaker," May 9, 2008. Mr. Chu delivered keynote speech to graduates at the UCLA School of Law commencement ceremony.

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Patent (Win) Pending


by Morgan Chu and Rebecca Carson

In every court proceeding, patent litigation included, there will be a winner and a loser. Everyone wants to win, but half lose. Why?

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