PO BOX 4548


Office: 910.399.3447 

Direct: 910.832.9257

Land Use


Commercial Real Estate


Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law 

JD, 2004

Pi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity


University of Dayton

BA, 2001


North Carolina

Professional Affiliations

Admitted to:

  • Supreme Court of the United States

  • United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit

  • United States District Court for the Eastern District NC

North Carolina Bar Association

  • Women in the Profession Committee

  • Zoning and Land Use Section

  • Real Property Section

North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys

  • Communication Committee Chair

North Carolina League of Municipalities

Coastal Women Attorneys

  • Communications Chair

International Municipal Lawyers Association

  • Economic Development / Finance & Securities

  • Ethics

  • Land Use


North Carolina Bar Association

New Hanover County Bar Association

Community Involvement

Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law

  • Alumni Board Member

Amy Schaefer has a depth and breadth of legal experience in public and private settings.  


Most recently Ms. Schaefer served as Assistant City Attorney for the City of Wilmington for over six years, including a period of service as Interim City Attorney.


Amy represented the City in a variety of administrative and litigation contexts, including Superior Court cases involving issues such as condemnation, land use, board policy and procedure, breach of contract and negligence. She also represented the City before the Employment Security Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, among others.

Outside of the courtroom, Ms. Schaefer provided legal guidance and training to the City Staff, Planning Commission, Subdivision Review Board and Railroad Task Force. She proposed City Ordinances to ensure compliance with all applicable federal and state statutes, managed legal issues related to major economic development projects, evaluated pending state legislation, managed outside legal counsel working on City projects, and drafted various agreements between the City and agencies such as the NC Department of Transportation, New Hanover County, Cape Fear Public Utility Authority, and WAVE Transit.

Prior to joining the City Attorney's office, Amy spent ten years in practice as co-founder and managing partner of a private litigation firm, representing clients in a broad array of civil and criminal litigation matters and proceedings.