Matthew B. Andersen concentrates his practice on business law and liquor law.
In his liquor law practice, Matt works with brewers, distilleries, wineries, wholesalers, distributors, restaurants, and hotels on obtaining and transferring liquor licenses, complying with liquor regulations and laws, providing transactional counseling, and defending citations and protests before the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. Additionally, Matt has worked with nonprofit organizations and event planners on obtaining temporary alcohol permits for various events. He also is experienced in drafting and negotiating distribution agreements between alcohol manufacturers and distributors to assist manufacturers in expanding the reach of their brands.
As a business lawyer, Matt is involved in the day-to-day legal counseling of businesses, formation of business entities, general contract matters, corporate restructurings, lending, and shareholder disputes. He assists his corporate clients with zoning matters and works on property tax assessment appeals and exemptions.
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 bringing 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 serves on the Board of Directors for Easter Seals of Eastern Pennsylvania. He is also an assistant lacrosse coach at Parkland High School.
Matthew B. Andersen was selected to the JD Supra 2018 Readers Choice Awards list. A description of the selection methodology can be found here.