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Anish J. Banker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Eminent Domain Attorney in Irvine, CA

Palmieri, Hennessey & Leifer LLP
2 Park Plaza, Suite 550
Irvine, CA 92614
Phone: 844-348-8245
Fax: 949-825-5427
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Selected to Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017
Licensed in California Since: 2001
Practice Areas: Eminent Domain, Business Litigation, Construction Litigation: Business, Environmental, Estate & Trust Litigation, Land Use/Zoning
Attorney Profile

Attorney Anish J. Banker is a partner with Palmieri, Hennessey & Leifer LLP, law firm in Irvine, California. A top-ranked and highly accomplished trial attorney with more than 19 years of legal experience, Mr. Banker provides unmatched counsel and support to a diverse range of clients throughout Orange County and the surrounding areas of Southern California who have legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Business litigation

·        Complex real estate litigation involving eminent domain and inverse condemnation, landlord-tenant disputes, and other serious issues

·        Construction litigation

·        Valuation litigation

Along with maintaining a successful trial practice, Mr. Banker is well-versed in alternative dispute resolution techniques, and he has helped numerous clients resolve their conflicts and reach favorable agreements without the need for expensive, time-consuming and adversarial court battles. However, he will not hesitate to take his clients' issues to court when necessary, and he has achieved a long record of securing positive results for his clients both inside and outside of the courtroom.

Among his most notable successes, he was able to negotiate a settlement of more than $14.5 million before trial regarding a full-take action against a local school district, and he secured a settlement of more than $2.3. million in a partial-take action against a local municipality. He has also obtained many other multimillion-dollar settlements and verdicts along with numerous six-figure awards.

Honored for his success, Mr. Banker has earned consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers as being among the top attorneys in Southern California for eminent domain. He has also received many testimonials and referrals from his satisfied clients who remark about his in-depth legal knowledge as well as his outstanding legal skills and unwavering focus on helping them to efficiently and cost-effectively achieve the favorable outcomes they seek.

Mr. Banker graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998 with degrees in business administration and economics. He then attended the University of San Diego School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude in 2001. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, and he is an active member of The State Bar of California, the Orange County Bar Association and the American Bar Association, among his other professional affiliations.

Practice Areas
  • 40%Eminent Domain
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 10%Construction Litigation: Business
  • 10%Environmental
  • 10%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 10%Land Use/Zoning
Focus Areas

Environmental Law


2 Years Super Lawyers
6 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
  • Rising Stars: 2012 - 2017

About Anish J. Banker

First Admitted: 2001, California

Professional Webpage:


  • Healthy Solutions v. City of Newport Beach, Caltrans — (Initial Offer: $0; Result: $455,000)
  • Caltrans v. Newport Diversified, Inc. (Combined Initial Offer: $606,308.00; Result: $6.75 million PLUS)
  • Caltrans v. Hankins — (Initial Offer: $0; Result: $215,000) 
  • OCTA v. Lee, et al — (Initial Offer: $59,355; Result: $740,000 PLUS)
  • Sand Canyon Service Station, Inc. v. City of Irvine, Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) — (Initial Offer: $0; Result: $300,000)
  • City of Bakersfield v. Choi — (Initial Offer: $203,670; Result: $333,000)
  • Long Beach Redevelopment Agency v. Hit & Miss — (Initial Offer: $97,390; Result: $601,500 PLUS)
  • Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority (MTA) v. Blissful Images, Inc. — (Initial Offer: $38,080; Result: $350,000)
  • Caltrans v. Mike Thompson’s RV — (Initial Offer: $192,000; Result: $1.6 Million)
  • Olivier v. County of San Bernardino, Orange County Transportation Authority and Caltrans — (Initial Offer: $0; Result: $305,000)
  • Caltrans v. Kardos — (Initial Offer: $176,000; Result: $675,000)
  • Caltrans v. Capistrano Enterprises, et al — (Initial Offer: $1,049,000; Result: $2 million) 
  • City of La Mirada v. Majestic Realty — (Initial Offer: $93,000; Result: $2.3 million)
  • OCTA v. Cobblestone 1993, Ltd., et al — (Initial Offer: $2,661,000; Result: $4.7 million) 
  • Palm Springs Unified School District v. Palm Investment Group — (Initial Offer: $4,446,000; Result: $7.8 million PLUS)
  • Caltrans v. 7301 Artesia Blvd., LLC — (Initial Offer: $301,000; Result: $1.25 million PLUS)
  • Pomona Unified School District v. Gateway Triangle Development, LLC — (Initial Offer: $5.5 million; Result: $14.5 million)


  • Rising Star in Eminent Domain, 2012 – 2018 in Law & Politics magazine’s Southern California Super Lawyers – Rising Stars

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Speaker, “The RON Process and Obtaining Prejudgment Possession”, IRWA Chapter 57 Seminar (October 12, 2018)
  • Speaker, “Resolution of Necessity Hearings – Applicable Law, Practices, Procedures, Pitfalls and Precautions: Condemnor and Condemnee Perspectives”, 22nd Annual Eminent Domain Conference (San Diego): The Basics & Beyond (March 5-6, 2020)
  • Speaker, “Property Acquisition for Public Use:  A Focused Look at a Complex Process”, IRWA, 3rd Annual Spring Seminar (April 11, 2019)

Bar/Professional Activity

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of California
  • Orange County Bar Association
  • State of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California

Educational Background

  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S., cum laude, Economics, 1998
  • University of California, Berkeley, B.S., cum laude, Business Administration, 1998
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Office Location for Anish J. Banker

2 Park Plaza
Suite 550
Irvine, CA 92614

Phone: 844-348-8245

Fax: 949-825-5427

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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