Christopher Banys

Christopher Banys

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in San Luis Obispo, CA

Banys, P.C.
 | 567 Marsh Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401
Phone: 805-996-0394
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2021
Selected To Rising Stars: 2011 - 2013
Licensed Since: 2003
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Construction Litigation: Consumer (20%),
  • Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish,
  • Portuguese
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

Christopher Banys started Banys, P.C. with one goal in mind: providing intelligent, effective, advocacy to help his clients achieve justice.   A dedicated civil trial lawyer with experience in numerous types of cases, Mr. Banys brings his passion for justice to every client, in every case.

Mr. Banys fights hard for his clients.  In 2015 alone, Mr. Banys served as lead trial lawyer in five trials – and won all five.  The following year, Mr. Banys won three trials, including a $12.5 million jury verdict for breach of contract against Qualcomm in San Diego.  Overall, his tenacity has resulted in recovering tens of millions of dollars for his clients, as well as winning several defense victories. 

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 from 2012-2020.  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 Super Lawyer from 2014-2020 and a Rising Star from 2011-2013.

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 first became well known for helping inventors stand up to patent infringers, regardless of their size, and served as lead trial lawyer in scores of patent-infringement cases around the country.  As a result of his knowledge and reputation, Mr. Banys was invited to debate proposed patent legislation in the U.S. Senate and submitted congressional testimony on the issue of patent reform.  He also presented at the first international Cloud Law Summit in London, England.

Mr. Banys also has extensive experience litigating complex business disputes, class-action, construction defect, employment, catastrophic personal injury and dangerous and defective medical product cases in federal, state and administrative-law courts and in arbitration.

Recent cases include:

  • Ixchel v. Biogen, (E.D. Cal.): Mr. Banys argue before the California Supreme Court in June 2020 on behalf of Ixchel, a small pharmaceutical research company.  Ixchel alleges that Biogen intentionally prevented Ixchel from bringing a first-of-it’s kind cure for a neurological disease to American patients so that Biogen would not face competition for its own $4 billion a year drug. Ixchel alleges that Biogen paid Ixchel’s development partner $1 billion to stop working with Ixchel on the drug and never bring the new cure to market.
  • SAI v. QUALCOMM, (San Diego Sup. Ct): Won a $12.5 million jury verdict Representing start-up SAI in a breach of contract case alleging that QUALCOMM used SAI source code in its products without making the required payments. 
  • Freeny v. Murphy Oil, (E.D. Tex); Won a $9.25 million jury verdict for three brothers in patent infringement case involving automated synchronous price and advertising technology;
  • Paton v. AMD, (Santa Clara Sup. Ct.): Mr. Banys served as lead trial lawyer for a class of over 1,700 employees against major Silicon Valley employer who wrongfully employees vacation pay by miscategorizing the benefit as "sabbatical" and obtained a $5.4 million settlement for the plaintiff class;
  • 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 for two semesters.  Christopher Banys, along with a good friend, also won the school’s negotiation competition, going on to represent B.U. in regional competition. Mr. Banys spent his final semester of law school studying at Oxford University in Oxford, England.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of California (Berkeley), with high honors and high distinction in general scholarship.

For more of Mr. Banys's cases and practice areas, visit our Services pages.

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 for two semesters.  Mr. Banys, along with a good friend, also won the school’s negotiation competition, going on to represent B.U. in regional competition. Mr. Banys spent his final semester of law school studying at Oxford University in Oxford, England.  He earned his undergraduate degree in Spanish and Portuguese from the University of California (Berkeley), with high honors and high distinction in general scholarship.

Mr. Banys founded the Intellectual Property Litigation Group of the American Association for Justice and is active in several other legal associations.

Mr. Banys is an outdoorsman and a commercially-rated pilot.

Prior to founding Banys, P.C., Mr. Banys started and led the Palo Alto, California office of a prominent national trial firm and ran that firm’s intellectual property practice for five years, and before that, had been associated with several 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 and served as lead counsel in trials and hearings in arbitrations and in multiple administrative-law courts, including the International Trade Commission, The California Unemployment Insurance Appeals Board, The Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development, and Federal Immigration Court.

About Christopher Banys

Admitted: 2003, California

Professional Webpage: http://banyspc.com/christopher-banys/

Honors/Awards:

  • Pro bono awards include an Equal Justice America fellowship, several law firm awards, including pro bono associate of the year.
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers Diplomat, National Trial Lawyers, 2018
  • 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
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2016
  • Pro Bono Advocate Award, Legal Services for Children, 2008
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers, National Trial Lawyers, 2014
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers Diplomat, National Trial Lawyers, 2017

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Visitng Legal Scholar, Oxford University, 2003

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Top 25 Mass Torts Attorneys, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2016
  • Top 100 TrialLawyers, National Trial Lawyers Association, 2020
  • Founder, Intellectual Property Litigation Group, American Association for Justice 

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Ad hoc pro bono services for local non-profit organizations., 2019
  • Federal Pro Bono Project  
  • Community Legal Services of East Palo Alto, CA

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presentation on legal issues relating to the newly emerging area of cloud computing at the Cloud World Forum in London., Guest Speaker, 2010
  • American Association for Justice summer national convention , Invited Speaker, New Developments in Patent Litigation, 2013
  • American Association for Justice winter national convention, Invited Speaker, Financing Inter Partes Reviews, 2013
  • Presenter - California Trial Evidence 2014, Expert Witness & Evidence, Practising Law Institue, 2014
  • 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

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Mr. Banys will argue before the California Supreme Court in September, 2020 on behalf of Ixchel, a small pharmacuetical research company.  Ixchel alleges that Biogen intentionally prevented Ixchel from bringing a first-of-it’s kind cure for a neurological disease to American patients so that Biogen would not face competition for its own $4 billion a year drug. Ixchel alleges that Biogen paid Ixchel’s development partner $1 billion to stop working with Ixchel on the drug and never bring the new cure to market. , 2020
  • $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
  • $12.5 Million dollar jury verdict against Qualcomm   , 2016

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.

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567 Marsh Street
San Luis Obispo, CA 93401

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Last Updated: 7/21/2020

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