Matthew B. Andersen

Associate | Pennsylvania

Matthew B. Andersen concentrates his practice on business law and liquor law.

In his liquor law practice, Matt works with all tiers of the alcohol industry, advising manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers.  Matt assists breweries, distilleries, wineries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurants, and hotels on obtaining and transferring liquor licenses, obtaining state and federal manufacturing permits and licensing, complying with federal/state liquor regulations and laws, providing transactional counseling, and defending citations and protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board.  He is experienced in drafting and negotiating distribution agreements between alcohol manufacturers and distributors to assist manufacturers in expanding the reach of their brands.  Additionally, Matt has worked with nonprofit organizations and event planners on obtaining temporary alcohol permits for various events.  Matt takes pride in helping new and veteran alcohol businesses navigate the complex regulatory framework of state and federal liquor laws, as well as helping them establish and grow their brands on a state and national level.  He is also a member of the Pennsylvania Cider Guild.

Matt has presented at numerous events held by the Brewers of Pennsylvania trade organization on subjects such as U.S. Food and Drug Administration compliance for alcohol manufacturers, legal updates affecting the industry members, and general compliance.  Additionally, he has presented to a local and national audience on Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Federal laws affecting brewery and distillery businesses.  In addition to presentations, Matt is a frequent contributor to Norris McLaughlin’s Liquor Law Blog, Legal Liquor, and has been quoted by various newspapers and publications on liquor-related matters.

As a business lawyer, Matt is involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, drafting of agreements between partners, corporate restructurings, lending, and shareholder disputes. Additionally, he has experience to assist his business and liquor clients in real estate matters, such as property acquisition, leasing, and zoning and land use issues.

Matt’s liquor law and business law practices often coincide in the legal counseling of start-up businesses entering the alcohol industry.  He frequently advises clients from the idea stage to the operational stage of their alcohol business and is well versed in discussing the issues that come up in between.  Whether it is, among other things, entity selection, drafting operational business documents, lease review, real estate acquisitions, zoning issues and alcohol licensing/permitting, he can assist you in turning your ideas into a successful business.  Matt takes great pleasure in assisting dreamers, no matter what age, in preparing their business for future success.

While at Duquesne University School of Law, Matt was Executive Editor of the Business Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief of Juris Magazine, and Competition Director of the Appellate Moot Court Board.  He also served as a judicial extern in the U.S. District Court, Western District of Pennsylvania, and as a judicial intern for the President Judge of Northampton County Court of Common Pleas.

Prior to joining the firm in 2016, Matt served as law clerk to the Honorable Stephen G. Baratta, President Judge, Court of Common Pleas of Northampton County, and was a summer associate at the firm in 2014.

As a young professional, Matt feels it is important to give back to the community.  He is an assistant lacrosse coach at Northwestern Lehigh High School, and enjoys teaching the knowledge, experience and lessons taught to him throughout his life to the young people in our community.


Blog - Liquor Law Blog

COVID-19 Brings Consumer Convenience to Pennsylvania

New PLCB Guidance on Governor Wolf’s “Meal” Requirement Leaves Much to the Imagination

Pennsylvania Governor Issues Additional Updated Guidance for Hospitality Businesses Conducting In-Person Service (Second Update)

Pennsylvania Governor Issues Updated Guidance for Hospitality Businesses Conducting In-Person Service

Critical Compliance Tips from Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Guidance for On-Premise Sales During COVID-19 Crisis

Pennsylvania to Permit Outdoor Dining on June 5 in Yellow Phase Counties and Issues Guidance for Dine-In Service for Green Phase Counties on May 29

Governor Wolf Signs Bill to Allow Mixed Drinks To-Go for Restaurant and Hotel Licensees

“Governor, Can I Take Your Order?” – Pennsylvania House Votes to Allow Mixed Drinks To-Go but Will Governor Make It Law?

Your State Store Won’t but Your Local Breweries Will

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Temporary Advisory Notice: Breaking Down the Latest Guidance From the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for Pennsylvania Food and Beverage Businesses

Alcoholic Cider and Fermented Fruit Beverages – The Conflict Between Federal and Pennsylvania Law

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces Tenth Zombie Restaurant Liquor License Auction

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Tackles Wine Slushie Sales by Restaurant Licensees

Pennsylvania Liquor Law Update: Acts 45, 48, and 57 Make Changes to Cider, Sound, Local Option, Nonalcoholic Malt or Brewed Beverages, and More

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Ninth Restaurant License Auction: Grocery, Convenience, and Wal-Mart Win Big

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Puts Brakes on Convenience Store Plans

PA Wineries to the PLCB: Is it Legal to Offer Volume Discounts?

PLCB Announces Ninth Restaurant Liquor License Auction

U.S. Supreme Court Strikes Down Tennessee Residency Requirements and Potential Pennsylvania Liquor Code Impact

The Aftermath of the Government Shutdown on TTB Processing Times for Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

How to Prepare Your Brewery for an FDA Inspection

Pa.L.C.B. Announces Eighth Restaurant Liquor License Auction

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s Seventh Restaurant License Auction: Winners and Losers

Beer and Pizza? Yes. Wine and Pizza? No. Home Delivery of Wine Practically Impossible for Restaurant Licensees Under Liquor Code

Malt Beverage Slushies: New Sales Privilege for Distributors or a Loose Definition of Growler?

Do You Want to Sell a Martini at Your Brewery, Winery, or Distillery in Pennsylvania? The Vermouth and Other Alcoholic Mixers Must be Made in Pennsylvania

Pa.L.C.B. Announces Sixth Restaurant Liquor License Auction

Pennsylvania Distilleries Beware: New Fiscal Code Legislation, Not Liquor Code Amendment, Radically Changes Distillery Law

Pa.L.C.B. Announces Fifth Restaurant Liquor License Auction Under Act 39 of 2016

The Tax Credit is Live: Pennsylvania Now Accepting Brewery Applications for Capital Excise Tax Credits

Silly Dilly, Drink up Philly: How ABI can buy Eagles’ fans a Bud Light

How Can a Happy Hour Get Better? Unlimited Happy Hours for Pennsylvania Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

New PA Driver’s Licenses and Photo ID Cards

How Can a Brewery Produce Hard Cider? – Part 2: COLAs, Standards of Fill and Pa.L.C.B. Brand Registration

How Can a Brewery Produce Hard Cider? – Part 1: TTB Permitting

Pa.L.C.B. Issues Guidance on Decorative Bottles in a Licensed Establishment

Consumer Purchases at Distributor Not Subject to Territorial Limitations

Pa.L.C.B. Announces Fourth Restaurant Liquor License Auction Under Act 39 of 2016

Pa.L.C.B. Changes Procedure on Brand Registration for Breweries

The Brewers Association Releases the Independent Craft Brewer Seal

RAMP Certification Requirements: Expanded Enforcement Looming

Brewery Storage Fermentation Rules

Pa.L.C.B. Announces Third Restaurant Liquor License Auction Under Act 39 of 2016

Pennsylvania Zombie Liquor License Auction: Keys to Making a Successful Bid

New Beer Reporting Requirement Form Released

PBI Presentation Recap: Key Features of Beer Distribution Agreements

New PA Beer Reporting Requirements Still Fluid

You Down with OPP? Pa.L.C.B. Opines on Manufacturers’ 50% Limitation for On-Premises Sales of Other People’s Products

Pa.L.C.B. Opinion Allows Brewery Storage Locations to Sell Wine and Spirits and More

Pa.L.C.B. Announces Second Restaurant Liquor License Auction Under Act 39 of 2016

Has Pennsylvania’s New Liquor Legislation Made Brew Pub Licenses Obsolete?

The TTB Eliminates Bond Requirement for Smaller Breweries, Distilleries and Wineries

Not So Consumer Friendly? Pa.L.C.B. Says No Discount for Breweries, Wineries, and Distilleries When Purchasing Wine or Spirits from the State Stores

When the TTB says no but the Pa.L.C.B. says yes: When do you need a COLA for off-premises growler sales?

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Releases Guidance for Licensees Looking to Sell Wine-to-Go

Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board Announces First License Auction

RAMP Under Act 39 of 2016: Who is Required to Complete Server/Seller Training

The Do’s and Don’ts of Growler Labeling

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  • “Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate,” Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy, Webinar, Bethlehem, PA, August 17, 2020
  • “Liquor License Laws, Medical Marijuana & Service Animals: Impact on Real Estate,” Greater Lehigh Valley Real Estate Academy, Webinar, June 15, 2020
  • “Crossing the (State) Line: Legal Issues Related to Expanding a Business into New Territories,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Bridgwater, NJ, October 22, 2019
  • “Pennsylvania Liquor Law Legal Update,” State College, PA, September 6, 2019
  • “The Brewers of Pennsylvania 4th Annual Mid Atlantic Brewer’s Symposium,” State College, PA, October 12, 2018
  • “Legal Considerations in Opening a Brewery in Pennsylvania,” Norris McLaughlin, P.A., Allentown, PA, November 9, 2016
  • Represented numerous entities and individuals in successfully bidding for expired (zombie) liquor licenses in the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s License Auction
  • Represented numerous entities in successfully transferring restaurant liquor licenses to a new location or entity, including the intermunicipal transfer process before the governing body of a municipality.
  • Drafted distribution agreements for breweries to distribute their products to multiple states.
  • Represented an event planner and promotion company in obtaining temporary licensing for a music festival in the Poconos.
  • Assisted in the licensing of various breweries, wineries and distilleries throughout the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.
  • Drafted operating agreements for single member and multiple member Limited Liability Companies.
  • Assisted in the representation of numerous entities in front of zoning hearing boards.
  • Drafted and revised bylaws for non-profit organizations in compliance with the Internal Revenue Code.

Matthew B. Andersen was selected to the 2020 Rising Stars Super Lawyers list. The Super Lawyers List is issued by Thompson Reuters. A description of the selection methodology can be found here. No aspect of this advertisement has been approved by the Supreme Court of New Jersey

Matthew B. Andersen was selected to the JD Supra 2018 Readers Choice Awards list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.

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