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Amanda Butler Schley

Founding Partner

Ranked as a Top Rated Business and Commercial Attorney, I have more than a decade of experience representing boutique hotels, restaurateurs, family-owned businesses, breweries, artists, CEOs and entrepreneurs.  In my 12 years of practice, I have become skilled at spotting legal issues and pitfalls at each stage of the business life cycle, from inception to rapid growth to successful exit.  I nurture and mentor my clients to succeed beyond their wildest dreams, resolving hundreds of complex legal issues along the way.  I bring peace of mind to clients that are forced to make hard business decisions. 

My key strengths are to: inspire, support and encourage clients to make fearless choices.  We have all heard that with great risk comes great rewards, but taking calculated, educated risks is key to long term success in any business.  Making sure my clients have the complete picture of the risks involved in their business decisions helps them make knowledgeable decisions which leads to legal leverage.

Entrepreneur Advocate and Support

Want to know a secret? I'm a serial entrepreneur myself. I formed the Business Law Group in 2016 after spending years alongside very high priced attorneys doling out legal advice who didn't have any personal experience owning a business themselves. To me this did not align.  Authenticity counts and I want to be the kind of lawyer who has "been there, done that." So I started two side hustles to understand exactly what entrepreneurship meant and how it felt.  I learned the business cycle so that I could understand and explain the process to clients, not just advise them on the process in the abstract. The hard lessons I learned along the way have been invaluable to my legal practice. 

Real Estate

Does your business concept require you to lease or purchase a commercial space to host customers? Helping clients acquire and/or lease and build-out beautiful, unique and creative spaces is one of my greatest legal talents.  I have often acquired clients who foolishly DIYed this stage of their business without obtaining any legal advice (or got advice from their family member who practices divorce law).  The results are usually the same: the client is in a horrible legal position as a result and we have to try and get them back on track or salvage what we can.  Businesses without good legal advisors during their lease negotiation stage are more likely to be seen as chumps and/or unsavvy by their landlords and are more likely to be taken advantage of by brokers or contractors.  If you blindly sign a lease or construction contract without any legal review, god help you.

My mission is to give clients every tool they need to succeed at this early stage by getting them out of the lease or construction phase and into the stage where they are generating revenue.  Often walking this path together leads us to develop strong relationships with clients, and I continue to help those same business owners after they successfully open, becoming their trusted legal advisor.

I know a thing or two about real estate.  I am the author of two ebooks designed to educate title agents and real estate investors on Louisiana's unique real estate, property and title law matters.  I have been a licensed title agent since 2006 and love to advise clients that take the leap to purchase their own commercial space or building.  Most recently, I was delighted to close the Second Line Brewing acquisition for a local brewery client.  I regularly draft commercial Purchase Agreements between buyers and sellers, take buyers through the due diligence process involved in purchasing a commercial building, and act as the settlement and title attorney for buyers and lenders at closing or during a refinance. 

Fearless Choices

One of the decisions I am most proud of since beginning my legal career was forming Business Law Group.  Part of the reason I chose to open my own law firm (and there are many) was so that I could take a year to work remotely.  As an avid sailor, my husband (fiancee at the time) and I moved onto our 42ft. Island Packet sailboat full time in 2016. We set sail to explore the Gulf Coast in an epic adventure that was chronicled for our friends, families and followers on our Facebook page: Sailing Stay Foolish. I am grateful for the experience and the perspective that our journey brought to my career and legal practice and we continue to enjoy sailing and traveling the Stay Foolish every chance we get.  Taking this leap of faith is a demonstration of my own desire to make fearless choices in my life and my career. 

Education

Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
Juris Doctorate, Civil Law
2003-2008

  • Selected to Moot Court
  • Worked full time as a paralegal and went to night school to earn J.D.

Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bachelor of Arts, Mass Communications and Speech
1996-2000

  • Proud member of LSU's Scotchguard, a women's service organization dedicated to supporting the LSU Army ROTC
  • Anchored Tiger Television News, a campus-wide weekly television news program.
  • Recipient of an LSU Board of Supervisors Out-of-State Tuition Waiver.
  • Recipient of a paid internship with WBRZ-TV.

Honors & Awards

 
  • SuperLawyers Louisiana Rising Stars List

Selected to the 2018-2019 Louisiana Rising Stars list, an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Louisiana receive this distinction.

  • Ranked in Chambers USA as an Associate to Watch, 2015

  • The Dermot S. McGlinchey Commitment to Pro Bono Award

Award for the associate that earned the highest number of pro bono hours in the calendar year. Achieved after over 100 hours of work on pro bono matters.

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Recommendations

  • Business/contract matter

    5.0 stars Rapid, highly effective representation with excellent results. Would highly recommend February 24, 2020
  • Employment Agreement Advice

    I'm a physician executive for a large national healthcare company. I had Amanda review my employment agreement in connection with a significant promotion. Amanda gave me a summary of the legal issues to consider in making my decision and provided me a set of responses to negotiate with my employe...
  • Construction Contract Advice

    Amanda was accessible and very knowledgeable! Saved us from many headaches while protecting us along the way.   
  • Nondisclosure Agreement

    I want to thank you again for today. I know I paid you for your services, and this is what you do, but I felt heard and understood by you, and I felt that you cared, and that is important to me at this time.  You helped me feel empowered and safe.  Thank you, and I will hold on to your info if ...
  • Business Start up

    Amanda Butler Schley sat down with me when I was developing the early parts of my company. She's relatable, sharp, and thorough. Clearly cares about her clients, community, and practice. Would recommend!
  • Refinance Closing Attorney

    Amanda has assisted me with real estate transactions and advised on other business matters. She is an expert in her field and takes time to carefully explain the process. She is easy to work with and always advocates for her clients to the fullest extent. I would highly recommend her.
  • PPP Advice

    I hired Business Law Group to handle and advise me on my PPP Loan Application last week and I've already received my $1,000 SBA Loan Advance. Amanda did a fantastic job advising me on the process. Quick, easy, and handled with the utmost professionalism.
  • Lis Pendens Lien Removal

    I chose Amanda Butler over other attorneys because her profile on her website reflected her extensive experience. Amanda responded quickly with an accurate response to all my legal questions. I would highly recommend her.
  • PPP Loan Advice

    Amanda is extremely knowledgeable when it comes to getting the desired result. She knows the law! She is extremely effective at getting the job done and very available when handling your case.
  • Lease Review

    Amanda was incredibly supportive and easy to talk to! I sent my information on the form on their website and in minutes she answered me. I reached out to get a lease agreement reviewed and as a small business have a small budget. She understood that and was willing to work with me. I was nervous ...
  • Estate Planning

    Wonderful aid with my personal estate will and also debt negotiations.  Amanda really helped me-  we had results within a month!
  • Construction Company

    If you are looking for an attorney that will always keep your best interest at mind, look no further. Amanda has represented my business for 3 years now and I can attest that her knowledge and her professionalism is second to none.
  • Highly Recommend Business Law Group

    I have worked with Amanda for nearly a decade, initially to assist with addressing a commercial lease issue with a landlord. Since then, she has grown to serve as our outside corporate counsel for several businesses and non-profit entities. In this role, she has helped us properly structure our r...
  • Great job

    Business Law Group reviewed our restaurant lease, and negotiated terms that will protect our significant investment.

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