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About Schaffer Law Firm

Serving Tennessee’s hospitality businesses through every phase of startup and growth. Providing holistic solutions, not just legal advice.


1604 16th Ave. S
Nashville, TN  37212


M -F:
8am – 5pm

Unmatched Dedication for 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.


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.


At Spirits of Tennessee, we know the legal mine field that is the food & beverage industry. There are numerous rules, regulations & policies that are ever-changing and difficult to stay abreast of. The rules, regulations & policies vary at local, state & federal levels making the whole process overwhelming. Schaffer Law Firm has made the process much easier for our company. They are the food & beverage pros who continue to monitor industry changes as they occur and keep our company from unnecessary business stoppages, fines & penalties. As all Food & Beverage companies need competent legal counsel, I highly recommend the personnel at Schaffer law Firm to any Food & Beverage company for their legal needs.

W. Michael Wetherington, Chief Executive Officer, Spirits of Tennessee


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1604 16th Ave. S
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