Marissa Banez

Marissa Banez

Of Counsel

Marissa Banez focuses on products liability and toxic tort, which includes asbestos, tobacco and black lung litigation. In asbestos matters, she has represented from complaint through trial (many times as lead counsel) major manufacturers, contractors and distributors of asbestos-containing products in both personal injury and property damage cases in California, New York and New Jersey. She also has worked on tobacco matters for a major domestic tobacco manufacturer and black lung cases for several insurance companies.

Marissa also has worked, pro bono, with The Veterans Consortium as appellate counsel before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and with New York City’s Advocates for Children, assisting parents with children that have learning disabilities.

Concentrations

  • Asbestos litigation
  • Toxic torts
  • Administrative and regulatory black lung litigation


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Capabilities

Experience

  • Responsible for the entire New Jersey personal injury asbestos litigation docket involving all phases of litigation in the representation of Robert A. Keasbey Co. from 2005 to 2011.
  • Fuller v. Shinseki (United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Docket No. 10-3314, 2011): As appellate counsel, drafted brief that resulted in counsel for the United States Department of Veterans Affairs agreeing to remand case without further briefing or argument.
  • Jackson v. Celotex Corp. (Superior Court of New Jersey, Hudson County): As lead counsel, obtained defense verdict following a two-week trial of asbestos personal injury action.°
  • Responsible for the entire New Jersey personal injury asbestos litigation docket involving all phases of litigation in the representation of United States Mineral Company and Pittsburgh Corning Corporation from 1991 to 2000.°
  • Represented the “Wellington Defendants” involving all phases of litigation as lead medical counsel in personal injury asbestos cases in California and New Jersey.°

°The above representations were handled by Ms. Banez prior to her joining Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Recognition & Leadership

  • Team Member, The American Lawyer’s “Products Liability Litigation Department of the Year,” 2018

Credentials

Education
  • J.D., University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1983
  • B.A., Princeton University, 1980
Admissions
  • California
  • New York
  • New Jersey
Languages
  • Tagalog (Filipino)
  • Spanish, Conversational