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 supply chain liability and authenticity issues, false advertising claims, brand protection and trademark disputes, distribution disputes, health and nutrient claims, development and enforcement of standards, and strategic business matters. 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 FSMA 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, competition law, insurance law, class actions, competition law, real estate development, personal injury, and construction/design.
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 such as FIJI Water, POM Wonderful, Wonderful Brand almonds and pistachios, Paramount Citrus, and Justin Wine, to name a few. At Roll Law Group, Mr. Van Gundy first-chaired litigation matters in class actions, false advertising, trademark law, distribution disputes, employment law, insurance law, and personal injury disputes. Mr. Van Gundy's most recent work included confirmation by the U.S. Supreme Court of POM Wonderful's ability to assert Lanham Act claims notwithstanding apparent compliance with specific FDA juice labeling regulations in POM Wonderful v. The Coca Cola Company, and POM Wonderful's successful motion to de-certify a class action in Alexander v. POM Wonderful.
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.