Tennessee’s Hospitality
Law Firm

Whether opening a hotel, starting a new restaurant or launching a brewery, Schaffer Law Firm caters to you and your needs.


1200 Villa Place
Suite 200
Nashville, TN  37212


M -F:
8am – 5pm

A Different Kind of Law Firm

You’ve heard other law firms say they support small businesses, that they’re entrepreneurs, or maybe that they want to build a long- term relationship. Schaffer Law Firm is different. We’re entrepreneurs driven by the same things as you; solutions, passion, commitment, partnership, and shared success.

We’ve lived through the same start-up challenges and we know that your resources are precious, which is why we focus on helping you with exactly what you need. We offer right-sized solutions for the hospitality industry, and help you understand what needs to be done today versus what can be done next month or next year. Schaffer Law Firm will be right there alongside you, in the trenches of your challenges and at the summit of your victories.


Many law firms say they’re different. Schaffer Law Firm actually is different.

Rachel and her team have been nothing but an asset to helping us establish and grow our business here in Nashville. Whether it’s a big or small project, she will always put your best interests first. We could not recommend Schaffer Law Firm with greater enthusiasm.

Attaboy/Lakeside Lounge

I have been using Schaffer law firm for almost 7 years now and have been very happy with all my experiences. I am forever grateful for the professionalism and attentiveness and would recommend anyone in the food and beverage world to use this firm.

Daniel Bockman, Southside Kitchen & Pub

Companies We’ve Represented

Custom Legal Services

After working in the hospitality industry for a decade, we know the legal services businesses need the most. To make sure establishing your business is as easy as possible, we’ve created a unique set of customized service packages.

What you need as a restaurant will differ from what you require as a manufacturer, so why settle for a one-size solution?

Choose from the packages below, or view our full list of services for retailers, manufacturers, and distributors. Pricing is available upon request.


  • Corporate formation
  • Contract between owners
  • On-premise beer permit
  • Liquor-by-the-drink license


  • Corporate formation
  • Contract between owners
  • Manufacturer permits
  • (1) Trademark
  • TTB Federal Basic Permit


  • On-premise beer permit
  • Liquor-by-the-drink license

Who We Are

Rachel Schaffer Lawson

Rachel grew up in upstate New York surrounded by entrepreneurs in her family. She’s always had a knack for business concepts and ideas and was able to pursue these passions through her time at Northeastern University and Loyola University College of Law. In Spring of 2010, she packed up her Ford Focus, took a chance on Nashville, and ended up falling in love with the city. From there, Schaffer Law Firm PLLC was born in 2011 out of Rachel’s one-bedroom apartment and has since grown to the firm it is today.

Landon Breazeale

Landon Breazeale

Landon Breazeale is a native Tennessean, born in Memphis. He attended Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, FL, earning a degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Air Transportation. After working for nearly two years, Landon decided to attend Belmont University College of Law. He graduated with his Juris Doctor in 2015. Before joining Schaffer Law Firm, Landon worked as an Attorney with the State of Tennessee and a Business Manager for TBI Airport Management in Macon, GA.

Elizabeth Barese

Elizabeth Barese

Elizabeth joined Schaffer Law Firm in 2017 as a paralegal. After taking several years off to stay home with her two children, she was ready to get back into the workforce. Elizabeth truly enjoys working at Schaffer Law Firm, learning new areas of law and working with their entrepreneurial clients. You can find Elizabeth in the office Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Beer, Wine, and
Everything in Between

We’re entrepreneurs who understand entrepreneurs. With this shared perspective, we provide valuable insights to our clients that we institute for our own business. We understand the hospitality industry’s unique challenges and provide tailored solutions to keep you focused on your business growth. Our team is in it for the long haul to guide you through startup, scaling, and change.



Beer Permits

Liquor Permits

From the Back of House…

CBC 2019 Government Affairs Recap

Whether you attended Craft Brewers Conference or not this past year, find out some of the most important updates throughout this past year and everything you need to know for your own brewery.
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Schaffer Law Firm Welcomes New Associate Attorney

Nashville-based Schaffer Law Firm has added Landon Breazeale, a former intern at the firm who has been hired on as an Associate Attorney.
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Case Study: Tennessee Craft Distributors

Ed Muranyi was referred to Schaffer Law Firm through his SCORE mentor. It was obvious from the moment Rachel and Ed met that they both had a deep passion for craft beer. Ed had always had an interest in the business of craft beer, and after exiting corporate America, he decided it was time to pursue his true passion. 
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Let's Get Going!


1200 Villa Place
Suite 200
Nashville, TN 37212