Christopher Van Gundy joined Keller and Heckman 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.
•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
•Feb 12, 2016 Chris Van Gundy to Present at FDLI's Introduction to Food Law and Regulation
•Jan 27, 2016 Chris Van Gundy to Present at ACI's 7th National Forum on Food-Borne Illness Litigation
•Jan 12, 2016 Chris Van Gundy to Moderate California Food Law Committee Webinar Litigating For And Against Foreign Defendants
•May 11, 2015 Christopher Van Gundy interviewed in the May 2015 issue of Grocery Headquarters
•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
•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
•Feb 23, 2016 And You Thought the Recall Was Hard Enough; Wait Till You Get the Grand Jury Subpeona
•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