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. Her areas of concentration include complex commercial litigation and regulatory enforcement defense of clients in the the food and beverage, franchise and distribution, higher education, technology and financial services industries. 

Over the course of her career, Ms. Mather has experience in the direction of and involvement in all aspects of case preparation and trial, including managing teams of attorneys and support staff, conceiving of and executing case strategy, deposition taking and defense, briefing and arguing discovery motions, client preparation for deposition and trial, preparation of expert reports, expert preparation for deposition and trial, preparing and defending summary judgment and Daubert motions, settlement negotiations, witness presentation and cross-examination at trial, as well as taking the lead in all trial preparation and team management during the course of trial. Ms. Mather also has particular experience defending companies in enforcement matter brought by local regulators, specifically related to the manufacture, sale and distribution of alcohol.


  • 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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