Alva C. Mather

Alva C. Mather


Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4113    Fax: 215.981.4750

Alva C. Mather is a partner in the Health Sciences Department of Pepper Hamilton LLP, resident in the Philadelphia office. She is chair of the firm’s Alcoholic Beverage Industry Practice Group and co-chair of the Food and Beverage Industry Practice Group. Ms. Mather is a business lawyer, litigator and first-chair trial attorney with more than a decade of experience representing clients ranging from startups to Fortune 50 companies.

Ms. Mather recognizes that every stage of the production and distribution cycle for food and beverage companies involves regulations that intersect with business strategy. As an industry participant, Ms. Mather combines deep knowledge of the regulatory and litigation landscape to help clients mitigate risk, respond to challenges and capture opportunities. Ms. Mather represents and provides business counsel, regulatory advice and litigation support to companies along the food and beverage spectrum including manufacturers, suppliers, grocery stores and restaurants.

Ms. Mather has also established herself as a national leader in the highly regulated alcoholic beverage industry. She has advised breweries, distilleries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurateurs and other third-party providers involved in alcohol-related services on all aspects of manufacturing, distributing and selling alcohol. Ms. Mather is an active industry participant, writing and speaking on matters affecting the alcohol industry. She also is active on social media, tweeting under the handle @alcohollawyer.

Ms. Mather co-leads Pepper’s Cannabis Industry Group and has represented companies in the emerging cannabis business, including representing and advising clients seeking grower/processor permits before the Pennsylvania Department of Health, advising companies seeking to invest in cannabis-related businesses, as well as providing regulatory guidance to companies that offer services or products to cannabis businesses on associated risks and compliance requirements.

Through her experience as a trial attorney and commercial litigator, Ms. Mather also assists clients in all aspects of civil litigation and regulatory enforcement, including representing clients in investigations and enforcement actions before federal and state regulatory commissions as well as in state and federal court through the prosecution and defense of distribution, supply and other contract disputes.


  • J.D., University of Pennsylvania Law School, 2004, articles editor, Law Review
  • M.A., Sociology, Northwestern University, 2001
  • B.A., Sociology, magna cum laude, high honors, Mount Holyoke College, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey


  • Hon. James T. Giles: U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

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