Christopher Van Gundy is 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, Proposition 65, and “private label” issues such as supply chain liability, indemnity disputes, food authenticity (“food fraud”) issues, false advertising, food marketing claims, brand protection, trademark disputes, and distribution disputes. 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 26 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, slack fill, product liability, class actions, trademark law, competition law, and insurance law.
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 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 Keller and Heckman LLP's Food Court Report , Consumer Protection Connection blog, and is a frequent speaker at FDLI conferences and contributor on food law articles for the California Litigation Review.
•Feb 28, 2017 Chris Van Gundy to Moderate Panel Navigating International Supply Chains at the GMA 2017 Legal Conference
•Jan 25, 2017 Current USDA Cases and Topics Webinar
•Oct 18, 2016 Chris Van Gundy to Present FDA: Update on the New Labeling Regulations
•Sep 14, 2016 Chris Van Gundy to Present The Hullaballoo About Healthy: A Case Study
•Jun 30, 2016 Partner Chris Van Gundy Quoted in Article What's 'All-Natural' Meat? Hormel is About to Find Out
•Jun 14, 2016 Chris Van Gundy Interviewed in What's Next?: Food Safety
•Mar 17, 2016 Keller and Heckman to Participate in CLE International's Inaugural Food Law Conference
•Jul 21, 2016 Webinar: Refresher On Food Recalls And Recall Protection
•Mar 29, 2016 Webinar: Know Your Food Suppliers - New FSMA Responsibility, Liability, and Insurance
•Mar 14, 2016 Webinar: Facts Uncovered and Myths Busted: Vaping Regulation and CBD
•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
•Jan 05, 2017 Food Court Report - Dismissal of Movie Candy Slack-Fill Case Leaves Sour Aftertaste: Federal Court Rejects Labeling Disclosure Defense
•Aug 30, 2016 A $75 Check in Response to a Demand Letter Killed a Potential Class Action
•Aug 02, 2016 Food Court Report: Father and Son Food Company Executives Sentenced to Prison for Salmonella Outbreak
•Jun 29, 2016 June Food Court Report - The Interplay of FDA Regulation and Food Law Litigation: A Case In Point
•May 27, 2016 'Artificial Flavors' and 'Chemical Preservatives' - 'Natural' Litigation By Another Name?
•Mar 31, 2016 Trial Court Dismissed Suit Alleging Deceptive Practices in Use of Non-GMO Claims
•Mar 02, 2016 Partner Christopher Van Gundy Authors Article on Law360 Plaintiffs Face Challenges In 'Cheese' Class Actions