Alva C. Mather - McDermott Will & Emery


Alva Mather heads the Firm’s Alcohol Regulatory & Distribution Group. Alva focuses her practice on alcohol beverage regulatory and commercial matters, M&A and high stakes matters such as audits, investigations, arbitration and litigation involving alcohol beverage companies. She represents companies in the alcohol beverage industry, including brewers, distillers, wineries, importers and retailers. Additionally, she works with clients in the growing cannabis space and has in-depth knowledge of the evolving legal and regulatory issues facing this industry. Clients say that Alva “comes to the situation with clear leadership and strong knowledge of the food and beverage industry”, and she is widely recognized as the go-to lawyer for all alcohol regulatory matters.

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  • Assisted the fourth largest brewery in the US with its rollout of its hard seltzer brand, including TTB alcohol regulatory work and FDA expertise
  • Provided guidance for a beer company on TTB rules and regulations relating to the formulation and marketing in different states for their hard seltzers and ready-mixed cocktails
  • Provide the full range of corporate, commercial, regulatory and dispute resolution services for the largest family-owned winery in the US and one of the world’s largest wine companies

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  • Chambers USA, Nationwide Food & Beverages: Alcohol category, Band 3, 2020 to 2022
  • Chambers USA, Nationwide Food & Beverages: Alcohol category, Recognized practitioner, 2018
  • The Legal 500 United States in Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions: Consumer Products, 2019

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University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD, 2004
Northwestern University, MA, 2001
Mount Holyoke College, BA, magna cum laude, 1999

US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
US District Court for the District of New Jersey
US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

District of Columbia