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Who We Serve

Restaurants, bars, brewers, hotels, food trucks…we serve all aspects of the hospitality industry.


1604 16th Ave. S
Nashville, TN  37212


M -F:
8am – 5pm

Custom Legal Solutions for Your Hospitality Business

Schaffer Law Firm works with the entire hospitality supply chain, servicing the full-spectrum legal needs of the food and beverage industry.


Without manufacturers, we wouldn’t have hospitality. We assist food producers, brewers and distillers to make sure they have the permits, licenses, and contracts they need to continue their craft.

Client Types
  • Wine Makers
  • Brewers
  • Liquor Distillers
  • Food Manufacturers


Distributors are the pivotal link from manufacturing to retail. We assist alcohol distributors to provide guidance and ensure smooth operations through leasing to trademarking, permitting and more.

Client Types
  • Distributors of wine, beer, and spirits


We work with bars, restaurants, special events, hotels & food trucks to help with their unique legal needs. Our services make sure businesses get up and running smoothly while staying protected long-term.

Client Types
  • Restaurants
  • Bars
  • Food Trucks
  • Hotels
  • Grocery Stores
  • Liquor Stores
  • Special Events

Restaurants & Retail

Schaffer Law Firm has helped many of Nashville’s best chefs and hoteliers turn their dreams into some of the hottest restaurants and vacation spots. We offer a comprehensive approach to legal services for all retailers in the hospitality industry.

When it comes to restaurants, full-service, quick-service, and food trucks all have specific and unique legal needs, and we help you navigate these complexities with ease.

If you are looking to purchase or start a hospitality business from the ground up, Schaffer Law Firm PLLC is here to take your order.


  • Corporate formation
  • Contracts
  • Trademarks
  • On and off premises beer permit
  • Liquor-by-the-drink permit
  • Special occasion alcohol licenses


  • Corporate formation
  • Trademarks
  • Liquor-by-the-drink licensing
  • Contracts:
    • Commercial leases
    • Operating agreements
    • Partnership agreements
    • Management agreements


  • Corporate formation
  • Trademark search and registration
  • Contracts:
    • Commercial leases
    • Operating agreements
    • Partnership agreements
    • Management agreements

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.

Attaboy/Lakeside Lounge

Beer, Wine & Liquor

Nashville’s craft beer and liquor business owners and enthusiasts are making waves on the national stage. If you’ve ever wanted to turn that home-brew hobby into a business, now is the time.

It’s vital to the success of an alcohol-based business to quickly and easily navigate the tricky waters of alcoholic beverage licensing. From starting or purchasing a brewery, distillery, or winery, to acquiring the necessary licensing for a bar or any other type of establishment to serve alcohol, Schaffer Law Firm is the top shelf option.


  • On and off premises beer permit
  • Manufacturing permit (for breweries)
  • Special occasion licenses
  • Contract brewing agreements
  • Wholesaler permit (for self-distribution)
  • TTB Federal Basic Permit
  • COLAs and brand registration


  • Liquor-by-the-drink licensing
  • Distillery permits
  • Whole sale distribution permits
  • Special Event Permit
  • Wine-only license
  • Retail Package Store permits
  • TTB Federal Basic Permitting
  • Winery permits


  • Corporate formation
  • Commercial lease review
  • Trademark search and registration
  • Contracts:
    • Multiple owner agreements
    • Management agreements
    • Contract brewing/distilling agreements

I have been using Schaffer law firm for almost 7 years now and have been very happy with all my experiences. And to say I have had some unique ones is an understatement. They have helped me deal with cease and desist letters from giant corporations, business divorces, association complaints and threats, new businesses openings and closings, re-naming, trademarking, permitting, liquor and beer license issues, mediations and even disgruntled former boyfriends of co-owners who felt entitled to more than they deserved. I feel as though if it could happen in the restaurant world, it has happened to me, and Rachel and team have helped me through it. 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, South Side Kitchen and Pub


As the alcohol industry continues its rapid growth across the state, distributors are in need of more assistance to grow and scale.  Schaffer Law Firm always stays at the forefront of new and changing laws to provide clients with the best advice throughout a changing legal landscape.

Our assistance starts from the ground up. We’ll start by reviewing commercial leases to establishing your business with the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax and Trade Bureau (TTB) and the Tennessee Alcoholic Beverage Commission. From there, we can draft distribution contracts for your clients and provide anything in between. 

No matter where you’re starting, we’ll help establish your business to adapt within the industry.


  • Corporate formation
  • Commercial lease review
  • Trademark search & registration


  • TTB wholesaler permit
  • TABC wholesaler permit


  • Local county wholesaler permit
  • Distributor contract

Jerry Corley

We were referred to Rachel over at Schaffer Law Firm almost 2 years ago! We were trying to wrap our minds around Federal and State manufacturing and distribution laws for breweries. They have been so knowledgeable and accessible since we started this process. Even though our businesses are set up and running, we continue to use their monthly services, because it seems like something new comes up every month. They are so quick to respond, and handle whatever that is. Having the support from Landon and Rachel allows me to focus on what I am good at, while they handle the rest.

Jerry Corley, Hub City Brewing/Rock’N Dough Pizza & Brewery


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1604 16th Ave. S
Nashville, TN 37212


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