Amanda Butler Schley, Esq.


Business Law Group
900 Camp St.
New Orleans, LA 70130
United States

Tel: (504) 446-6506


Ranked as a Top Rated Business and Commercial Attorney, Amanda has more than a decade of experience representing boutique hotels, restaurateurs, family-owned businesses, breweries, artists, CEOs and entrepreneurs. In her 13 years of practice, she has become skilled at spotting legal issues and pitfalls at each stage of the business life cycle, from inception to rapid growth to successful exit. She nurtures and mentors her clients to succeed beyond their wildest dreams, resolving hundreds of complex legal issues along the way.

Amanda has learned that when entrepreneurs take a proactive legal approach to their businesses, that’s the “secret sauce to success” because they give their business legal leverage. When you regularly consult with a good business lawyer, you’re armed with the knowledge you need to avoid disastrous consequences. Instead of spending thousands of dollars to fix a crisis as it’s happening you can avert the disaster with a small investment in legal advice on the front end.

“A solid legal foundation makes your business impervious to outside forces looking to capitalize on your success,” Amanda says. “This principle is what I call legal leverage, and it’s the secret that banks and large companies use to their advantage everyday.”

But legal leverage doesn’t require spending a fortune on legal fees—it simply requires consistency. Meeting with your attorney monthly for as little as an hour is an invaluable tool for gaining legal leverage which is built over time, not overnight. Business Law Group’s mission is to provide high quality, creative legal solutions for Louisiana’s entrepreneurs. The team serves as a primary resource and partner in all aspects of their clients’ business development from start up through the growth phase and beyond.

Early in her career, Amanda worked for large, blue-chip law firms where she observed a strong disconnect between the attorneys and their business clients. These “traditional” firms gave costly business advice, but most, if not all, of the attorneys lacked any real entrepreneurial experience of their own. This lack of authenticity just didn’t feel right to Amanda. A low-key thought started buzzing in her brain. “Just how do you inspire clients to take educated risks as an entrepreneur, if you’ve never taken an educated risk as an entrepreneur?”

The decision to start her own firm came after Amanda and her now-husband, Rob Schley, decided to do something “crazy”: They sold their respective homes in New Orleans, and bought and moved onto a 42-foot sailboat, which they named “Stay Foolish,” after the famous Steve Jobs quote: “Stay foolish, stay hungry.”

Amanda and Rob set sail and documented their whole incredible adventure aboard the Stay Foolish on their social media accounts. Since then, Amanda’s leap of faith in her own life has helped her clients take educated risks and gain legal leverage: the key to long term success and happiness in their businesses.

Business Law Group is a boutique business services law firm in New Orleans. We understand the legal pitfalls of your business and industry. We work selectively with clients who aren’t ready for the overhead expense of an in-house general counsel, but know the advantages of having a trusted legal advisor on their team. We give our clients the secrets and tactics to maximize their legal leverage at every opportunity and in every negotiation.

We’ll help you:

  • Build a solid business foundation, meant to withstand legal challenges
  • Fine-tune your business processes to ensure that your procedures and policies are in compliance
  • Systematize and automate your business, so it doesn’t keep you up at night
  • Predict and prevent legal issues before they arise
  • Find consistent expert strategies, since we act as your legal business coach
  • Resolve disputes or other legal crises
  • Experience increased financial success, greater professional enjoyment and reduced stress.

How do you inspire clients to take educated risks as an entrepreneur, if you’ve never taken an educated risk as an entrepreneur yourself? That’s why, after becoming entrepreneurs and learning the business lifecycle ourselves, we’re confident we can offer authentic, invaluable, growth-oriented and real-world insights to our clients. Working with so many companies has given us a backstage pass to the proprietary knowledge that makes the big-player companies tick.