Christopher Van Gundy joined Keller and Heckman in 2014 as a partner in the firm's Litigation and Food and Drug Practices. Mr. Van Gundy's practice focuses on food law litigation, regulation, and policy, including class actions, product liability defense, supply chain liability and authenticity (“food fraud”) issues, false advertising and food marketing claims, brand protection, trademark disputes, distribution disputes, and development and enforcement of food standards. In particular, Mr. Van Gundy assists food producers, distributors and their retail partners with identifying, preventing and/or mitigating risks in light of an increasingly global value chain and the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act requirements.
With over 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer, Mr. Van Gundy has litigated a wide variety of complex commercial disputes in both state and federal courts nationwide, as well as international litigation and arbitration, in such areas as false advertising, product liability, class actions, trademark law, competition law, insurance law, and real estate development.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Van Gundy was instrumental in expanding and managing the litigation department of Roll Law Group PC, providing counsel and representation for such brands as FIJI Water, POM Wonderful, Wonderful Brand almonds and pistachios, Paramount Citrus, and Justin Wine, to name a few. Mr. Van Gundy's most recent work included the successful outcome in POM Wonderful v. The Coca-Cola Company before the U.S. Supreme Court involving issues of food regulation and Lanham Act liability, and in obtaining a seminal decision to decertify a class alleging food false health claims.
Mr. Van Gundy co-chairs the Food Law Committee of the Litigation Section of the California State Bar with Robert S. Niemann, is Martindale-Hubbel AV rated, and has been named as a California Super Lawyer. Mr. Van Gundy is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in California, and is fluent in German.
Mr. Van Gundy is a contributing author of the Consumer Protection Connection blog.
•May 13, 2015 Food Court Report: Consumers Can Challenge Certified Organic Products They Believe Contain Improper Ingredients
•Apr 01, 2015 Food Court Report: Food Authenticity Claims May Be Percolating Up In Food Law
•Feb 02, 2015 POM-eled: POM Wonderful, The FTC and Competitor Challenges (Hint - It's All About Consumer Deception)
•Dec 01, 2014 FOOD COURT REPORT: Brazil v. Dole
•Nov 17, 2014 Christopher Van Gundy Authors Law360 Article: When 'Just Mayo' Isn't 'Mayonnaise'
•Nov 12, 2014 FOOD COURT REPORT: Food Manufacturer Defeats Class Certification in Labeling Claim Because Putative Class Lacked Ascertainability
•Oct 08, 2015 Webinar: Update: FDA's Final Determination on Transfat and Related Litigation
•Sep 24, 2015 Defending Your Supply Chain: The Case of Extra Virgin Olive Oil - New York
•Jul 15, 2015 Webinar: Doing Business in China: Opportunities and Challenges for the Food Industry
•Jun 09, 2015 Webinar: Defending Your Supply Chain: Issues in Food Authenticity and Insurance
•May 27, 2015 Defending Your Supply Chain: The Case of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
•Mar 17, 2016 CLE International's Inaugural Food Law Conference
•May 11, 2015 Christopher Van Gundy interviewed in the May 2015 issue of Grocery Headquarters
•Feb 24, 2015 Christopher Van Gundy to Present at FDLI's Introduction to Food Law and Regulation Conference
•Sep 03, 2014 Growth of the Food Court in San Francisco has leading Food Law Firm Expanding Its Presence in SF