Mr. Schafer, an attorney with Lippes Mathias’ Corporate Practice Team, assists clients with mergers & acquisitions, business formation and structuring, licensing, contract review and other general matters. With prior experience as a legal intern with the United States Tennis Association and as a former NCAA Division I athlete, coach, and administrator, he is also a member of the firm’s Sports, Entertainment & Hospitality Team.  Prior to joining Lippes Mathias, Mr. Schafer gained extensive experience in commercial litigation, including breach of contract, antitrust, business disputes, cannabis, class action defense, and employment disputes. 
As a member of the firm’s Cannabis Practice Team, Mr. Schafer has advised clients on hemp regulations, the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act, and has handled litigation matters for clients involved in the cannabis industry.  

Articles & Publications

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of New York

  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., 2018
    • Buffalo Law Review, Articles Editor
  • Davidson College, B.A., 2013

Community Involvement 
  • University at Buffalo School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Sports Law
  • United States Tennis Association 
    • Eastern Junior Competition Rules Committee 
    • Tennis on Campus National Committee, 2021 
  • United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, Next Generation United 
    • Advisory Board, Co-Chair 
  • UB Law Sports Forum, Co-founder and Contributor 
Honors & Awards 
  • Upstate New York SuperLawyers®, Rising Star, 2021
  • Pro Bono Honor Roll, United States District Court, Western District of New York, 2021
  • New York State Bar Association Empire State Counsel® Program for Pro Bono Work, Honoree, 2020
Past Activities 
  • Daemen College Athletics Department, NCAA Compliance Extern & Assistant to Athletics Director 
  • United States Tennis Association, Professional Tennis and 2016 U.S. Open, Legal Intern
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