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, 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, class actions, trademark law, competition law, insurance law, real estate development and product liability.
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.
•Sep 03, 2014 Growth of the Food Court in San Francisco has leading Food Law Firm Expanding Its Presence in SF
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