About Schaffer Law Firm
Serving Tennessee’s hospitality businesses through every phase of startup and growth. Providing holistic solutions, not just legal advice.
Unmatched Dedication for
Nearly a Decade
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 full scope of the hospitality industry.
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 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 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.
“Rachel and her team have been nothing but an asset to helping us establish and grow our business here in Nashville. As a new transplant searching for legal assistance with local liquor laws, we felt uncomfortable our counsel until finding Rachel through a recommendation. Not only is she an all-terrain vehicle in her knowledge and experience of all things hospitality but working with her feels like collaborating with an old friend. Her communication style is concise and direct, and her work is thorough. 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.”