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.