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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 AV® Preeminent™ Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, 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.
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