Mr. Chu is an associate at KBY Law. He represents and advises employers on a wide range of employment law matters, including workplace discrimination, retaliation, and harassment; accommodation and leave; wage and hour; and trade secrets and unfair competition. He has represented employers in various civil litigation matters and before state administrative agencies.
Mr. Chu received his law degree from the University of California, Irvine School of Law, as a member of the inaugural class. He was a lead article editor on the founding staff of the UC Irvine Law Review, as well as a regular contributor to the law school’s student newspaper Voice. He also participated in mock trial and moot court. While in law school, Mr. Chu served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Terry J. Hatter, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Central District of California. He also volunteered with the nonprofit organization Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) to provide pro bono representation to an unaccompanied child in immigration removal proceedings, helping to obtain administrative closure of his client’s case by prosecutorial discretion. In affiliation with UCI’s Appellate Litigation Clinic, Mr. Chu was co-counsel to Dean Erwin Chemerinsky on a case before the United States Supreme Court, United States v. Apel, which addressed the interpretation of 18 U.S.C. § 1382, a federal statute that forbids trespassing on military bases. As a law student, Mr. Chu had successfully briefed and argued the case in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, where a three-judge panel overturned his client’s convictions under section 1382.
Before law school, Mr. Chu served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Nicaragua, where he helped implement a youth entrepreneurship program called La Empresa Creativa. As part of the program, he guided a group of seven local high school students whom he taught in his town of Ticuantepe to first place in the 2008 La Empresa Creativa national student business competition.
A New York native, Mr. Chu earned his undergraduate degree in economics and politics at New York University. While there, he contributed to several undergraduate publications, including The Journal of Politics and International Affairs, Humanus: The NYU Journal of Human Rights, and Mercer Street: A Collection of Essays from the NYU Expository Writing Program. In his spare time, Mr. Chu enjoys playing basketball, reading, and listening to music. He has also dabbled in creative writing and the guitar and piano. He speaks Spanish and Mandarin, with varying degrees of fluency.