Chris Sun maintains a broad practice representing major corporations in matters ranging from complex commercial litigation, class action defense, and intellectual property disputes. He has substantial experience managing all aspects of the litigation process and regularly appears in court, argues motions, and takes depositions to obtain favorable results for his clients. Most recently, Mr. Sun helped win a complete defense verdict in a rare class action trial threatening over $150 million in damages. At trial, Mr. Sun was responsible for conducting both the direct examination of one of the defendant’s key witnesses and a portion of the closing argument.
In representing his clients, Mr. Sun draws from his significant experience examining complex economic relationships, planning corporate organizational structures, and preparing sophisticated financial models. Before beginning his legal career, he spent four years at Deloitte Tax LLP as a Global Transfer Pricing Manager. In that role, he assisted Fortune 500 companies in evaluating prices charged between related business entities for the provision of goods, services, and intellectual property rights.
Mr. Sun also has an active pro bono practice with a focus on criminal justice matters. He is currently collaborating with the ACLU in a First Amendment challenge to California’s death penalty.
Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Sun clerked for the Honorable Jill Pryor of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, and for the United States Attorney’s Office in San Francisco. He graduated from Harvard Law School, where he served as Executive Director of the Prison Legal Assistance Project, an organization dedicated to representing Massachusetts prisoners in their parole and disciplinary hearings. While in law school, Mr. Sun also competed in Harvard’s prestigious Ames Moot Court Competition, where he finished as a semi-finalist.
Downey v. Public Storage and Perez v. Public Storage
We defended the United States’ largest self-storage operator, Public Storage, in two class actions filed in California alleging violations of Business & Professions Code Section 17200 and the Consumer Legal Remedies Act. We successfully defeated class certification in the Downey case in May 2018 (and handled the appeal in which that decision was affirmed) and won a complete defense verdict in the Perez case after trial—one of only a handful of class action trials recently conducted in California.
Keker, Van Nest & Peters is pleased to announce that the firm has elevated associates Bailey Heaps, Katie Lynn Joyce, and Chris Sun to Partners, and Kristin Hucek and Ian Kanig to Of Counsel, effective January 1, 2023. Read more
Representing Shanghai Moonton Technology Co., Ltd., Keker, Van Nest & Peters lawyers secured the dismissal of a copyright lawsuit filed by Riot Games, Inc. in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Read more
May 29, 2020
In an opinion Friday, California’s Fourth District Court of Appeal found that the reality TV personality now “finds himself at war with defendant Public Storage,” but that Hester lost this most recent breach of contract battle with the global self-storage company. Read more
March 01, 2019
Keker, Van Nest & Peters scored a defense verdict in California this month in the rarest of trials: class actions. Read more
January 28, 2019
Public Storage bamboozled storage space renters into believing they were required to buy company provided insurance in order to rent units, customers testified Monday at the start of a class action bench trial in California seeking $100 million in restitution from the national storage giant. Read more
August 17, 2018
A federal judge on Friday rejected an attempt by the state of California to dismiss much of a lawsuit that seeks to make public all portions of executions. Read more
August 17, 2018
A federal judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit by news organizations seeking to let media and public witnesses view more of the process of executions in California, which could resume soon. Read more
April 12, 2018
The LA Times and two San Francisco-based non-profit news organizations are suing to keep executions from resuming in CA. The Times, NPR-member station KQED and the San Francisco Progressive Media Center want guaranteed full access to executions before they resume.
April 11, 2018
Keker, Van Nest & Peters and The American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Northern California filed suit against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation challenging its execution viewing procedure. Read more