Alva C. Mather

Alva C. Mather


Philadelphia, PA
Phone: 215.981.4113    Fax: 215.981.4750

Ms. Mather’s representative engagements include:

  • providing regulatory advice and defense of a juice company seeking an exemption from the Philadelphia Beverage Tax
  • assisting with and filing for grower/processor application for a cannabis company during the inaugural application stage before the Pennsylvania Medical Marijuana Program
  • providing regulatory and business counsel to a national grocery store chain regarding opportunities for selling alcohol in their stores
  • representing numerous restauranteurs in expanding their businesses to additional locations
  • successfully litigating beer wholesaler terminations regarding payment and valuation of fair market value for terminated brands
  • defending an alcohol company in an investigation by a state alcohol beverage control agency related to trade practice violation allegations
  • providing counsel regarding potential trade practice violations and regulatory compliance to alcohol manufacturers from start-ups to the global brand owners
  • drafting, negotiating and litigating distribution agreements and related wholesaler terminations
  • business counseling on all aspects of licensing new alcohol facilities both at the state level and federal level
  • drafting and negotiating contract brewing and other supply agreements
  • providing counsel and related representation regarding applying for and enforcing trademark and related intellectual property rights of food and beverage clients
  • advising on distributorships and brand transfers
  • providing guidance on regulatory changes affecting the food and beverage industry.


  • 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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