Founder and Entrepreneur
Schaffer Law Firm PLLC
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 good ole’ 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 playing with her son Declan, training for half and full marathons, trail running, power lifting at her favorite CrossFit box, 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 done attitude will brighten your day.
Areas of Law and Practice
|Areas of Law||Areas of Practice|
|Alcoholic Beverage Law||Alcoholic Beverage Control, Liquor Liability, Liquor Licensing, Local Liquor Options|
|Business Law||Business Arbitration, Business Associations Law, Business Cooperatives, Business Development, Business Dissolutions, Business Enterprises, Business Estate Planning, Business Formation, Business Fraud, Business Litigation, Business Mediation, Business Organization, Business Planning, Business Regulation, Business Reorganization, Business Start-Ups, Business Succession Planning, Business Successions, Business Syndication, Business Torts, Business Transactions, Business Transfers, Business Trusts, Business Valuation, Buy-Sell Agreements, Buying and Selling of Businesses, Closely Held Business Estate Planning, Closely Held Business Law, Complex Business Litigation, Emerging Business Law, Emerging Growth Companies, Entrepreneurial Business Law, Family Business Law, Family Business Mediation, Family Business Successions, International Joint Ventures, Joint Ventures, Limited Liability Company Law, Minority Business Law, Pass-Through Entities, Private Business Law, Privatization, Professional Practices, Small Business Law, Sole Proprietorships, Strategic Alliances, Trade and Professional Associations|
|Contracts||Contract Drafting, Commercial Contracts, Contract Fraud, Contract Litigation, International Commercial Contracts, International Contracts|
|Copyrights||Copyright Infringement, Copyright Licensing, Copyright Litigation, Copyright Prosecution, Copyright Protection, Copyright Registration, Internet Copyright Law|
|Corporate Law||Closely Held Corporations, Corporate Commercial Law, Corporate Contracts, Corporate Control Contests, Corporate Dissolutions, Corporate Ethics, Corporate Fiduciary Law, Corporate Formation, Corporate Governance, Corporate Litigation, Corporate Organization, Corporate Partnerships, Corporate Planning, Corporate Real Estate, Corporate Reorganization, Corporate Successions, Family Corporations, Incorporation, International Corporate Law, Nonprofit Corporations, Offshore Corporations, Professional Corporations, Proxy Contests, Public Corporations, S Corporations, Small Business Corporations, Takeovers, Tender Offers, Transfer Pricing|
|Franchises and Franchising||Franchise Arbitration, Franchise Distribution, Franchise Law, Franchise Licensing, Franchise Litigation, Franchise Mediation, Franchise Regulation, Franchise Termination|
|Intellectual Property||Artistic Property, Brand Management, Electronic Intellectual Property, Intellectual Property Arbitration, Intellectual Property Enforcement, Intellectual Property Infringement, Intellectual Property Licensing, Intellectual Property Litigation, Intellectual Property Portfolio Management, Intellectual Property Procurement, Intellectual Property Prosecution, Intellectual Property Rights, International Intellectual Property, International Licensing, Internet Intellectual Property, Literary Property, Merchandising, New Media Law, Piracy, Proprietary Rights, Protection of Personality|
|Leases and Leasing||Commercial Landlord and Tenant Law, Commercial Leasing, Evictions, Landlord and Tenant Law, Lease Terminations, Leasing, Office Leasing, Retail Leasing, Shopping Center Leasing, Unlawful Detainer|
|Mergers and Acquisitions||Business Acquisitions, Business Divestitures, Leveraged Acquisitions, Leveraged Buyouts, Merger Reorganization, Mergers, Acquisitions and Divestitures, Mergers and Acquisitions Finance, Premerger Notification, Spin-Offs|
|Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations||Charitable Gambling, Charitable Giving, Charitable Limited Partnerships, Charitable Organizations Law, Charitable Trusts and Foundations, Nonprofit Organizations Law, Nonprofit Tax Law, Private Foundations, Public Charities, Tax Exempt Organizations|
|Partnership Law||Family Limited Partnerships, Family Partnerships, Limited Liability Partnerships, Limited Partnerships, Partnership Dissolution, Partnership Formation, Partnership Organization, Partnership Syndication|
|Trademarks||Internet Trademarks, Lanham Act, Service Marks, Trade Dress, Trade Names, Trademark Arbitration, Trademark Infringement, Trademark Licensing, Trademark Litigation, Trademark Prosecution, Trademark Protection, Trademark Registration|
- New York, Tennessee
Founder and Entrepreneur | Schaffer Law Firm PLLC
Different from other law firms
Schaffer Law Firm takes a holistic approach to our clients. It’s not enough to just form an LLC or corporation or write a contract for a client. We believe we should understand the core of the businesses and organizations we represent, to better provide solutions to their pain.
We believe strongly in building 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 understand the life of 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.
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.
Bachelor of Science in Marketing and Entrepreneurship and Bachelor of Science in Music Industry | Northeastern University
2002 - 2007
J.D. | Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
2007 - 2010
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TYPICAL HOURLY RATE: $275
TYPICAL FIXED FEE: $750
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Nashville, Tennessee, Davidson County
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