Christopher D. 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. He has recovered tens of millions of dollars for his clients, and has won 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 to the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in 2012-2016. 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 in 2014 & 2015 and 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 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. As a result of his knowledge and reputation, Mr. Banys was invited to present at the first international Cloud Law Summit, debated in the U.S. Senate and submitted congressional testimony on the issue of patent reform. Mr. Banys also has extensive experience litigating commercial, class-action, construction defect, personal injury and employment cases in federal, state and administrative-law courts and in arbitration.
Recent cases include:
- Freeny v. Murphy Oil, (E.D. Tex.): Mr. Banys won a $9.25 million jury verdict on behalf of three brothers in patent infringement case involving automated synchronous price and adverting technology;
- Resource Int. v. Alradco, (N.D. Cal.): Represented innovative automotive parts manufacturer Alradco, which was accused of infringing a dubious design patent on replacement Super Duty truck radiators. Mr. Banys convinced the plaintiff to drop the case;
- AIT v. Salesforce, (D. Nev.): Representing Internet startup AIT against Salesforce in a patent infringement case involving cloud-computing;
- 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 denied employees vacation pay by miscategorizing the benefit as “sabbatical.” Banys, P.C. obtained a substantial settlement for the plaintiff class;
- Rossett, et. al. v. Hunter Engineering Co., (Alameda Sup. Ct.): Representing California employees alleging willful misclassification as “independent contractors” under California law.
- SAI v. QUALCOMM, (San Diego Sup. Ct): 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. Mr. Banys won a bench trial in the case in 2015 and a jury trial is set for March, 2016.
For more of Mr. Banys’s cases and practice areas, visit our Practice 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.
Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Mr. Banys lives in the heart of Silicon Valley with his wife and children. 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 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 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.