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SchaeferLaw, LLC

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Combining high quality legal work with a commitment to public service from offices in Portland, Maine.

A different kind of law firm for demanding times.

In an increasingly complex and challenging world, top quality legal services are not only a privilege, but a vital need.  SchaeferLaw offers business clients decades of experience in state tax, appellate practice, and dispute resolution, though a firm with a deep commitment to providing pro bono services to those too often denied access to justice.  Our mission is helping all of our clients navigate complex legal landscapes in order to achieve their goals.

Legal Services

State and Local Tax Law

Nationally recognized for his work representing businesses in navigating state and local tax laws, Matthew Schaefer helps clients understand and meet their legitimate tax compliance obligations, while pushing back against state and local overreach.

Appellate Practice

Incisive legal analysis coupled with powerful written and oral advocacy. SchaeferLaw is experienced in state and federal appeals courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Contract Law

SchaeferLaw reviews and crafts contractual provisions to protect business interests and secure rights in business transactions both large and small, with a keen eye toward how tax law can impact business contracts.

Dispute Resolution / Litigation

SchaeferLaw offers creative, cost-effective strategies for securing negotiated resolutions and, when necessary, legal rulings in commercial litigation and contested tax proceedings.

Pro Bono / Asylum

Asylum is an issue of fundamental human rights.  SchaeferLaw is proud to serve as pro bono counsel to new arrivals to the United States fleeing persecution and torture in their native countries.


Meet Matthew Schaefer

A nationally-recognized practitioner of state and local tax law, Matthew has for more than 25 years represented clients in administrative and appellate matters throughout the United States.  He is the author of ten briefs filed with the U.S. Supreme Court, and has twice appeared as co-counsel before the High Court, including for the respondents in the landmark case of South Dakota v. Wayfair, Inc., 138 S.Ct. 2080 (2018), and for the petitioner in the Court’s unanimous decision in Direct Marketing Ass’n v. Brohl, 575 U.S. 1 (2015). 

He was co-counsel in numerous other cases of note, including Crutchfield Corp. v. Testa (Ohio 2016) and Performance Marketing Ass’n v. Hamer (Illinois 2013). Matthew’s practical, efficient, and solutions-oriented advice is valued by clients for its clarity and attention to their core objectives.  He brings these same qualities to addressing the legal challenges of those with more limited access to counsel.

In launching SchaeferLaw, Matthew adds a renewed dedication to public service to the motivating principle of his career for more than 25 years — doing his very best to assist his clients to achieve their goals.

Businesses require excellent counsel to succeed in complex tax and regulatory environments, but perhaps in no area of the law is the need for capable counsel more acute than asylum requests for those escaping persecution in their countries of origin. SchaeferLaw strives to do its part to respond this need, while committing also to assisting Mainers of more limited means. 

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