1032 Elwell Court
Palo Alto, California, 94303
Christopher Banys started Banys, P.C. with one goal in mind: providing intelligent, effective advocacy to help his clients achieve justice. Whether he’s helping an inventor protect her invention in a complex patent-infringement case, helping the victim of a serious personal injury get the help he needs to pay his medical bills and rebuild his life, or working free of charge to help a homeless family stay in emergency shelter, Mr. Banys’ brings his passion for justice to every client, in every case.
This dedication to helping his clients has earned Mr. Banys recognition from his peers and the press. Indeed, the National Trial Lawyers Association named Mr. Banys among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in America in 2012 & 2013. The Recorder named Mr. Banys a “Lawyer On The Fast Track” in 2012, one of just 50 lawyers in California to receive that honor. And the Superlawyers publication named Mr. Banys a Rising Star in 2011, 2012 and again in 2013.
Mr. Banys’ commitment to justice includes lending a hand to those in need who cannot afford legal help, earning him pro bono awards including: An Equal Justice America fellowship; several law firm awards, including pro bono associate of the year; the Legal Services for Children’s 2008 Pro Bono Advocate Award; and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Northern District of California’s Silicon Valley Pro Bono Project in 2011.
Mr. Banys has become well-known for helping inventors stand up to patent infringers, regardless of their size, and has served as lead trial lawyer in scores of patent-infringement cases around the country. He has also litigated commercial, class-action, personal injury, and employment cases in federal, state and administrative-law courts.
Mr. Banys earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law, where he was a Dean’s Scholar. While at B.U., Mr. Banys participated in the school’s exceptional Criminal Clinic program where he tried criminal cases in Massachusetts state courts. Mr. Banys, also won the school’s negotiation competition, going on to represent B.U. in regional competition.
Mr. Banys spent his final semester studying law at Oxford University. He earned his undergraduate degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of California (Berkeley), with high honors and high distinction in general scholarship.
In February 2010, Mr. Banys returned to the United Kingdom to address legal issues at cloud computing summit held in London and attended by industry leaders.
Mr. Banys founded the Intellectual Property Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice and is active in several other legal associations.
Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Banys lives in the heart of Silicon Valley with his wife, children and a lovable pit bull named Spencer. He is an outdoorsman and a commercially-rated pilot.
Prior to founding Banys, P.C., Mr. Banys started and lead the Palo Alto office of a prominent national trial firm for five years, and before that, had been associated with several prominent Silicon Valley law firms.
Mr. Banys is admitted to practice before the following courts:
• The United States Supreme Court;
• The United States Courts of Appeal for the Federal and Ninth Circuits;
• The United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, Central and Southern Districts of California; the Western District of Wisconsin; the District of Nebraska; the District of Colorado; the Eastern District of Pennsylvania; and the Eastern District of Texas;
• The California Supreme Court and all other California state courts.
Mr. Banys has also practiced in several administrative-law courts, including the International Trade Commission and Federal Immigration Court.
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