Michael P. CHU 楚尊健
McDermott Will & Emery
I have been a patent litigation attorney for nearly 25 years. I enjoy my work because I work with very intelligent, motivated, and innovative people at a great law firm. It is challenging and fascinating to work with cutting-edge technologies, and my undergraduate degree in engineering allows me to discuss and advise on highly complex technical issues. In my spare time, I volunteer on various boards, particularly those that focus on communities of color. I am currently the board chair of Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago, an organization dedicated to serving the Asian American community. I have many hobbies and interests, but the two that are most important to me are classical piano and portrait photography. I have been fortunate to photograph images for a variety of clients and organizations, including Flashes of Hope, which provides portraits sessions for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
What was your first job, and how did it shape your life?
I was a projectionist in a library movie theater. It taught me to love movies and the details that make a film particularly good, to plan for things going wrong (like broken film and projector bulbs), and to politely tell loud people to be quiet.
What keeps you awake at night?
Worrying about the well-being of the people I love.
What books are currently on your bedside table?
Time Salvager, by Wesley Chu (an extraordinary, award-winning book. I took the author portrait on the cover flap!)
Dear Mr. You, by Mary-Louise Parker
WHEN DO YOU FEEL MOST FREE?
When I am running a marathon.
WHAT WAS THE LAST PRESENT YOU GAVE SOMEONE?
The biography of Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance.
WHAT’S YOUR VIEW ON MONEY?
It’s ok to spend it on people and things that are important to you. Life is short.
WHAT IS AN EXTRAORDINARY PLACE YOU HAVE RECENTLY TRAVELED TO?
WHAT’S ONE THING MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Before I went to engineering school, I almost went to music school to become a classical pianist.