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Christopher Van Gundy is a partner in the San Francisco office of Keller and Heckman LLP. His practice focuses on food law litigation and regulation, including class actions and product liability defense, Proposition 65 matters, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issues, FDA labeling compliance, indemnity disputes, slackfill claims, Lanham Act and state consumer protection statutes, food authenticity (“food fraud”) issues, false advertising and food marketing claims, supply chain management, and distribution disputes. Mr. Van Gundy counsels food producers, distributors and their retail partners with identifying, preventing and/or mitigating supply chain risks in light of an increasingly global value chain and the new FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) requirements. Mr. Van Gundy also has litigated a wide variety of complex commercial disputes in both state and federal courts nationwide, as well as international litigation and arbitration. Mr. Van Gundy is an experienced trial lawyer in food law cases tried before a jury, including food contamination and false advertising claims. Prior to joining Keller and Heckman, Mr. Van Gundy was instrumental in establishing and managing the litigation department at Roll Law Group PC, which provided first-chair litigation and trial counsel for such brands as FIJI Water, Paramount Citrus, Wonderful Brands pistachio and almonds, and POM Wonderful pomegranate juice.
Mr. Van Gundy is Martindale-Hubbel AV rated, has been named a California Super Lawyer, and is a co-chair of the Food Law Committee of the Litigation Section of the California State Bar. He is a contributing author to Keller and Heckman’s Food Court Report and Consumer Protection Connection blog, and is frequently asked to author industry California State Bar articles on food law. He serves on the Editorial Advisory Board of the Food and Drug Law Institute. In addition, he is often invited to speak on food law and litigation at leading industry conferences. Mr. Van Gundy is admitted to practice in all California state and federal courts, and is proficient in German.
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