Elizabeth Barese
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.

  • Experience

    Elizabeth obtained her degree in Legal Administration from Ball State University. After working as a paralegal in Indiana and in the pharmaceutical industry in Philadelphia, Elizabeth moved to Nashville in 2005 to work in pharmaceutical sales before becoming a mom and then discovering the opportunity to work at Schaffer Law Firm.

  • Family

    In 2007, Elizabeth married her husband, Adam, who she met on a company softball team in Philadelphia. They have two children, a daughter born in 2010 and a son born in 2012. Spending time with her family is Elizabeth’s greatest passion.

  • Travel

    Elizabeth’s love of travel began in college when she was able to study abroad in England. Over the years, Elizabeth has returned to Europe and enjoys traveling throughout the United States.

  • Recreation

    Like the rest of Schaffer Law Firm, Elizabeth enjoys Tennessee craft brews, but from time to time, pays homage to her years living in Michigan and Philly with a Bells or Victory. Elizabeth enjoys spending time with her family, attending sporting events and seeing many of the shows that Music City has to offer.

Experience

Elizabeth's weddingElizabeth graduated from Ball State University in 1997 with a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Administration.

After college, Elizabeth worked as a criminal defense paralegal, which was one of the most fast-paced, exciting, and rewarding jobs she ever had. Elizabeth was involved from the first phone consultations, to attending depositions, to jury selection and sitting second chair at the cases that went to trial; it was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

While Elizabeth loved her job, she missed living near a big city, so in 2000 she moved back to the Philadelphia suburbs where she spent most of her life. This was also a turning point in her career. Elizabeth found herself working for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals where she was responsible for running the product and sales training logistics for every newly hired sales rep in the company for the U.S., Puerto Rico and West Indies. She worked in that position for five and a half years until she took a sales position in Nashville in 2005.

After taking time off work to spend time with her two children, the opportunity to go back to work came when she and her husband executed their Will with Rachel Schaffer Lawson in June 2017. By chance, she found out that Rachel was looking for a part-time paralegal. It was a win-win and the perfect opportunity for Elizabeth to be able to still be engaged with her children, yet do something productive (and for herself!) and be able work with Rachel and Kelcy – two great, strong women.

My Passions

Elizabeth and family at the beach
Elizabeth and husband at a concert

Family

In 2007, Elizabeth married her husband, Adam, whom she met on a company softball team while at the Wyeth home office. In 2010, Elizabeth turned in her company car and drug samples to stay home with their baby girl. Their family was complete when their son was born in 2012. Motherhood is the most challenging and rewarding job Elizabeth has ever had and wouldn’t trade it for anything. However, her desire to return to the workforce was always there.

While Elizabeth was home with her children, she became very involved in their preschool, heading up their annual fundraiser for several years. She is now a room mom at their elementary school. Elizabeth has also been politically active in various ways. She has served as her neighborhood HOA President and most recently, has advocated for women, children, and education at all levels of government.

Elizabeth and family at beach
Elizabeth and husband at the mountains

Travel

During her college years, Elizabeth had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad with Ball State’s London Centre Program where she was able to travel throughout England and visit Ireland, France and Italy. It was this experience that led to Elizabeth’s desire to travel more. Over the years, she has explored the United States, returned to Italy and visited Prague.

Elizabeth and family at dinner
Elizabeth and husband at The Late Show

Recreation

Outside of work, Elizabeth and her husband enjoy spending time with their children, cheering on their soccer and swim teams, cheering on the Preds and Titans, traveling during school breaks, and being involved at their school. They enjoy live music and catch their favorite performers and bands at the Ryman and Bridgestone Arena. When her favorite band U2 doesn’t come to Nashville, Elizabeth travels to see them. Always looking for good food and drinks, Elizabeth and her husband try to keep up with all the new restaurants in town with their dinner club friends.