Alva C. Mather - Alcohol Regulatory Lawyer - McDermott Will & Emery


Alva Mather is the global head of McDermott’s Regulatory Practice Group and a member of the Firm’s Management Committee, and heads the Alcohol Regulatory & Distribution Practice. As a nationally recognized go-to lawyer for alcohol beverage regulatory, commercial and M&A matters, clients say that Alva “comes to the situation with clear leadership and strong knowledge of the food and beverage industry.” She combines her extensive knowledge of the commercial and legal landscape as well as deep understanding of the beverage industry to help clients mitigate risk, respond to challenges, and capture and pursue new business opportunities.

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  • Represented Destillers United Group on all aspects of its sale of the Diplomático Rum brand to Brown-Forman Corporation
  • Managed Campari Group’s acquisition of a 70% stake in Wilderness Trail Distillery, LLC
  • Guided several of the world’s largest non-alcoholic beverage companies through entering and navigating their structure for distribution, marketing and advertising alcohol beverage both for their own brands and through strategic partnerships

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  • Chambers USA, Nationwide Food & Beverages: Alcohol category, Band 3, 2020 to 2023
  • Thomson Reuters, Stand-out Lawyer – independently rated lawyers, 2023-2024
  • Chambers USA, Nationwide Food & Beverages: Alcohol category, 2018
  • The Legal 500 US, Product Liability, Mass Tort and Class Actions: Consumer Products, 2019
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Professional Excellence Awards: Distinguished Leader, 2023
  • Rising Stars, Pennsylvania, 2008, 2013-2017
  • The Legal Intelligencer, Lawyers on the Fast Track, 2015


  • Distilled Spirits Council of the United States


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