home-slide-2The great unknown leads to great reward

In 2010, the United States was three years into one of the worst recessions in history. Rachel Schaffer was among thousands of students who graduated at that time, wondering what awaited them — if anything at all — in the workforce.

The results were dismal: Very few places were hiring and those that were happened to not be in the field of law. After sending countless resumes and attending numerous informational meetings, Rachel was at her wits end.

There was a saying that had always stuck with Rachel throughout difficult times: “If the fear of doing something is why you are not doing it, that is not a good enough reason.” With that in mind, she leapt into the unknown realm of entrepreneurship and launched Schaffer Law Firm PLLC March 1, 2011.

Rachel remembers that first year as a business owner as the scariest, while at the same time, the most exciting year of her life. Within the first six months, the business was profitable, virtually unheard of, then and now. Five years in, business has grown 25 percent each year and has expanded to serve clients in the hospitality, entertainment, and non­profit industries. And of course we would never forget about our fellow entrepreneurs.

Different from other law firms

  •  Schaffer Law Firm takes a holistic approach to our clients. It’s not enough to just form an LLC or corporation or write a contract for a client. We believe we should understand the core of the businesses and organizations we represent, to better provide solutions to their pain.
  •  We believe strongly in building long-term relationships with our clients. We’re the kind of people you like to keep in your corner for a very long time. We’re in this with you for the long haul.
  •  We understand the life of entrepreneurs. With an entrepreneur at the helm of Schaffer Law Firm, we can provide valuable insights to our clients that we institute for our own business.
  •  We offer free initial consultations. We don’t believe you should have to pay for the privilege to talk to us. We want to hear your goals with absolutely no pressure.

Our Team

Rachel Schaffer


It’s not often you find a lawyer who understands, truly, what it’s like to be an entrepreneur. But it’s because of that very fact Rachel Schaffer Lawson is pretty darn good at her job.

Rachel grew up in an entrepreneurial family — both her mother and grandfather owned their own businesses — so it seemed quite natural that their offspring found the study of business alluring. Rachel triple majored in marketing, entrepreneurship and music business at Northeastern University in Boston. After graduating, she attended Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans, studying business law, intellectual property law, and entertainment law (as well as the occasional beignet). Her stint in the “Big Easy” also included an internship with the National Football League’s New Orleans Saints.

When she decided she wanted to pursue entertainment law full time, she knew there was no better place than good ole’ Nashville. In 2011, one year after her move, she launched Schaffer Law Firm PLLC. She quickly discovered her passion and the firm’s mission; to provide quality and accessible legal services to innovative entrepreneurs, budding restaurateurs, impactful nonprofits, and the wide variety of arts and entertainment the city has to offer.

Rachel never realized just how much she would love her job, but some of the best surprises often happen that way. She loves helping local entrepreneurs succeed in their business ventures and delights in seeing her clients open their doors for business for the very first time.

When she’s not striving to help business owners succeed, you can find Rachel training for half and full marathons, trail running, power lifting at her favorite CrossFit box, cuddling one of her five “fur babies,” and enjoying a local craft brew with her husband, Tyler.

But to get to know Rachel a bit better, give her a call. Her infectious laugh and get done attitude will brighten your day.

Kelcy Morris


There are two things Nashville native Kelcy Morris loves most: music and entrepreneurship. Kelcy spent most of her childhood finding her voice; bringing life to words through the microphone. So it was no surprise when her passion for music never dwindled, but rather blossomed into a lifelong admiration for the music industry and its artists.

At Belmont University, Kelcy found herself drawn to the school’s highly praised music business program. It was during those years of working alongside artists, managers and publicists that her love of the entertainment industry grew. It was also during that time that she explored her interests in learning about other cultures, studying in Australia, South Africa, Botswana and later moving to Hawaii. Her goals were clear, to work closely and learn from individuals and organizations who could show her the ropes of social entrepreneurship and the entertainment industry.

Soon after, Kelcy, with suitcases worth of new experiences, found herself back on the lush grounds of Belmont University, this time as part of Belmont College of Law’s charter class. Her intentions were clear, to learn as much as she could to help entertainment industry professionals and entrepreneurs thrive.

After graduating from Belmont College of Law and passing the Tennessee Bar, Kelcy became an associate at Schaffer Law Firm in 2014. She focuses on entertainment and intellectual property law and brings a refreshing perspective, using her colorful experiences to bring a much-needed energy to the firm and our clients. She dedicates her days to assisting local entrepreneurs and entertainment industry professionals.

When she’s not assisting clients at her office in Edgehill Village, you can find Kelcy running, paddle boarding, spending time with her miniature dachshund, Snoop, and traveling.

Hop on a call with Kelcy and very quickly you will see why she is an asset to our work.


Whether you’re a local entrepreneur, a non profit, starting up in the hospitality industry, or are in the realm of entertainment, we can cater to you and your needs.


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You Can’t Be Half Pregnant
November 10, 2015  /  By Rachel in Uncategorized
Smiling Pregnant Woman Behind Wall --- Image by © Brigitte Sporrer/Corbis

Image by © Brigitte Sporrer/Corbis

I’m sure many of you are wondering what on earth being pregnant has to do with business or legal issues. Surprisingly, quite a bit! Before I dive in, a caveat: I do not have any children of my own at this time, although I am the proud mother of six (yes, 6!) fur children.

But more importantly, I am the “mother” of a business. And while my business was not conceived the “traditional” way (i.e. the birds and the bees), it is my baby, my almost six-year-old child. And I love it as such. I have poured my heart, soul, sweat, blood, tears, and finances into this business. Anyone who has ever owned a business knows exactly what I am talking about. You spend all your time with your business, and, when you are not spending time in your business, you are still working on your business.

And yet, through my practice I have seen time and time again many entrepreneurs trying to start their business while still working for someone else. And the truth is you can’t be a part time entrepreneur, like you can’t be half pregnant.

So before you go getting pregnant, literally or figuratively, let’s talk through what to consider.

  1. Do you really want a baby?

This is the most important question you will ever answer! “Am I really ready?” Well, the truth is you will never be totally ready but you can take the steps to get best prepared.

A business is a BIG commitment, and for many, a big change. For most, the financial change is the most significant. I won’t sugar coat it, businesses will cost you money, lots of money. But with some prudent planning, most entrepreneurs can create a forecasted budget of expenses. After the sticker shock and constant empty pockets you have an exhaustive list of questions constantly swirling through your head like “do I need a website?”, “how will I get customers?”, “what should I charge?”, and so much more. Your brain will always be thinking of your business so the question is, “are you ready for the next however many years to be hands on, exhausted, tired, while experiencing your greatest joy?” If you cringed and shook your head, you may not be ready.

  1. What to expect while you are expecting.

So just like when you are pregnant and expecting a child, you have to be prepared for the onslaught of uncomfortable and overwhelming questions. When are you due? Will you be working part time at another job? How will you be funded? Do you have your office set-up? Do you have an accounting system? What legal structure will you be under? Will you have employees? And the list goes on. But there will come a point when you must anticipate and be prepared to answer these questions, and so many more.

It is my belief that an entrepreneurial venture, once “born” is so much like a newborn baby that in order to ensure that it grows up right, it requires the parent to dedicate as much time and energy as possible to its growth.

  1. How do you raise a child?

Congratulations on your new baby! Now how do you raise said child? How do you help it grow up, mature, and exceed expectations? I’m certain all new parents lie awake at night pondering these very questions. The same goes for business owners. How do you continue to innovate your products and services? How do you differentiate from your competition? What milestones do you hope to achieve? How do you continue to grow your bottom line year after year? Continuing to stay ahead of the trends in your industry is key to growing a successful business. Being sure to make time for continuing education, networking events in your field and even seeking out opportunities to show your expertise in your field will ensure that your business grows up the right way.

While you may never be “ready” to have a baby or a business, it begs the question “are you ready to fully commit?” If you are willing to put in the work and diligence to be as prepared as possible, jumping in won’t seem as scary as it could be without a plan. After all, you can’t be half pregnant (or half an entrepreneur).

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Think You Have Your Sh!t Together
June 11, 2015  /  By Rachel in Entrepreneur

I hear “I need to get my shit together” often. Of the myriad of reasons clients come to see me, I think that phrase pretty much sums it up. Clients want to get their business affairs legally in order. Some of them come to see me when they are just getting started. They want to start things off right.

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