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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.  



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. 



Prior to founding Banys, P.C., Mr. Banys started and lead the Palo Alto office of a promient national trial firm and ran that firm’s intellectual property practice for five years, and before that, had been associated with several prominent Silicon Valley law firms.



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.






Languages spoken: English, Spanish, Portuguese

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Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 25%
    13 years
  2. Employment: 25%
    8 years
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    13 years
  4. Intellectual Property: 20%
    13 years
  5. Consumer Protection: 10%
    1 year



Hourly ($500-600/hour), contingent (33-50%)

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Contact info

Banys, P.C.

1032 Elwell Ct
Suite 100
Palo Alto, CA, 94303


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuperLawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers2013
Rising StarCalifornia Super Lawyers2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
Lawyers on The Fast TrackThe Recorder2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2012
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2011
Pro Bono AdvocateLegal Services for Children2008
2007 Pro Bono Associate of the YearHowrey2007
Negotiation Competition WinnerBoston University2002
Dean's ScholarBoston Univeristy2000
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderBanys, P.C.2013 - Present
Managing AttorneyThe Lanier Law Firm2008 - 2013
AttorneyHowrey2006 - 2008
AttorneyMcManis Faulkner & Morgan2005 - 2006
AttorneyDay Casebeer Madrid & Batchelder, LLP2002 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
The Public Justice FoundationMember2013 - Present
American Association for JusticeFounder; Intellectual Property Litigation Group2010 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMemberN/A
Santa Clara County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Prust v. Apple, (E.D. Tex.; N.D. Cal.)Success!
Chirife v. St. Jude Medical, (E.D. Tex.)Success!
Shropshire v. Canning, (N.D. Cal.)Success!
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Boston University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2003
Oxford UniversityLawVisiting Scholar2003
University of California - BerkeleySpanishBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
University of California - BerkeleyPortugueseBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
California Trial Evidence 2014Expert Witness & Evidence2014
Winter Convention; IP Litigation GroupFinancing Inter Partes Reviews2013
Summer Convention; IP Litigation GroupNew Developments in Patent Litigation2013
Powered By Cloud 2010Patent Litigation In The Cloud2010