Christopher Banys

Christopher Banys

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Santa Clara, CA

Banys, P.C.
 | 1030 Duane Avenue, Santa Clara, CA 95054
Phone: 650-308-8505
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Portuguese,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

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, representing a class of wronged employees, 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.


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. 

About Christopher Banys

Admitted: 2003, California

Professional Webpage:

Honors and Awards:

  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers Diplomat, National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers Diplomat, National Trial Lawyers, 2017
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Mr. Banys was one of only 50 lawyers highlighted in the list published by The Recorder, California’s premiere statewide legal publication. To develop the 2012 listing of the Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Recorder editors reviewed nominations for more than 300 California lawyers. The honorees were selected based on their outstanding work as leaders, lawyers and community members., Lawyers on the Fast Track, The Recorder, 2012
  • The National Trial Lawyers is a premier group of trial lawyers across the United States.  Membership in the "Top 100" is by invitation only and is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys, who demonstrate superior qualifications in leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile., Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2012
  • Pro Bono Advocate Award, Legal Services for Children, 2008
  • Pro bono awards include an Equal Justice America fellowship, several law firm awards, including pro bono associate of the year.

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Visitng Legal Scholar, Oxford University, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, Public Justic Foundation
  • Founder, Intellectual Property Litigation Group, American Association for Justice 

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, CA
  • Ad hoc pro bono services for local non-profit organizations.
  • Federal Pro Bono Project  

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Panel discussion on patent litigation venue and the TC Heartland case., Presenter, Litigation , American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2017
  • Continuing Legal Education (CLE) program offered online that discusses a hypothetical patent infringement case and provide a thorough look at everything patents, from IP rights to enforcing the patent to forum considerations and more.  The second portion of the program looks at the TC Heartland case and how it may affect the enforcement of patents and patent litigation. The last part of the program rounds things out by providing an in-depth look at multidistrict litigation; what's currently happening and how the TC Heartland decision could have an impact.    , Presenter, Managing Multidistrict and Pseudo-MDL Patent Litigation, American Intellectual Property Law Association, 2017
  • Presenter - California Trial Evidence 2014, Expert Witness & Evidence, Practising Law Institue, 2014
  • American Association for Justice winter national convention, Invited Speaker, Financing Inter Partes Reviews, 2013
  • American Association for Justice summer national convention , Invited Speaker, New Developments in Patent Litigation, 2013
  • Presentation on legal issues relating to the newly emerging area of cloud computing at the Cloud World Forum in London., Guest Speaker, 2010

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $12.5 Million dollar jury verdict against Qualcomm   , 2016
  • $9.25 Million Jury Verdict against Major Oil Corporation, 2015
  • $5.4 Million Employment Class Action Settlement on Behalf of Silicon Valley Technology Workers, 2014

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Invited to give Congressional Judiciary Comittee testimony regarding pending patent reform legislation., 2014

Educational Background:

  • Law degree from Boston University School of Law, (Dean's Scholar). Undergraduate degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of California (Berkeley), with high honors and high distinction in general scholarship.
Office Location for Christopher Banys

1030 Duane Avenue
Santa Clara, CA 95054


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Last Updated: 2/26/2018

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