Realizing the legal needs of the entrepreneur, restaurateur,
and non-profit sector since 2010.

Our Story – “The great unknown leads to great reward.”

In 2010, the United States was three years into one of the worst recessions in history. Rachel Schaffer Lawson 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 and non­profit industries. And of course we would never forget about our fellow entrepreneurs.

We believe many things, but these are the ones we think you’ll care about.

  • Schaffer Law Firm takes a holistic approach to our clients.We believe in understanding the core of the businesses and organizations we represent, to better provide solutions to their challenges.
  • Legal solutions, not just legal advice. With the laws affecting small businesses changing every year, it’s difficult for a small business owner to stay on top of all these changes. We stay current on all changes to the law and make it our business to provide the most cutting-edge solutions to our clients’ so that they can focus on their business
  • We build 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’re entrepreneurs who understand 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 experience.
  • 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.
  • Small business-oriented law firm. We believe there is no such thing as a business too small to be able to hire and afford quality legal assistance.  We truly are small business attorneys!

Our Team

Rachel Schaffer Lawson

Rachel Schaffer Lawson
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Rachel Schaffer Lawson – Owner

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 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 doting on her newborn son Declan, training for half and full marathons, trail running, cuddling one of her six “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-it-done attitude will brighten your day.


Kelcy Morris
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Kelcy Morris – Associate

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 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.

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.