Two California Rising Stars Honorees at Lanier

PALO ALTO, Calif. – The Lanier Law Firm is pleased to announce that two attorneys from the firm’s Palo Alto, Calif., office have earned spots on the 2012 Northern California Rising Stars listing.

This marks the second year that firm attorney Christopher Banys has earned a spot among northern California’s top young lawyers, and represents the first selection for Richard Lin. Both lawyers are recognized for their work handling intellectual property litigation for a variety of businesses and individual inventors.

Rising Stars honorees are the top lawyers age 40 or younger, or those who have been licensed for less than 10 years. To develop the annual listing, researchers with Thomson Reuters’ Legal division solicit nominations from attorneys across the state, and no more than 2.5 percent of eligible lawyers earn the distinction each year.

The complete listing is published online at, and appears in both the August edition of San Francisco magazine and the recently published Northern California Super Lawyers magazine.

“Chris and Richard are outstanding lawyers and leaders in the intellectual property arena,” says firm founder Mark Lanier. “We are proud that they have earned this honor, and I feel it exemplifies the level of excellence of every attorney at our firm.”

Mr. Banys leads The Lanier Law Firm’s Palo Alto office, and heads the firm’s nationwide intellectual property practice. He represents clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to individual inventors in intellectual property disputes. He earned his law degree from Boston University School of Law, and his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

A registered patent attorney, Mr. Lin represents clients in patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret, antitrust, and other complex litigation. He earned his law degree from Harvard Law School, and his undergraduate degrees in biology and psychology from Stanford University.

With offices in HoustonLos Angeles, and New York, The Lanier Law Firm is committed to addressing client concerns with effective and innovative solutions in courtrooms across the country. The firm is composed of outstanding trial attorneys with decades of experience handling cases involving pharmaceutical liabilityasbestos exposureintellectual propertybusiness litigationproduct liabilitymaritime lawbad faith insurance claims and sports and entertainment law.

For more information on the recent honors for Mr. Banys and Mr. Lin, please contact J.D. Cargill at 713-659-5200.

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