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North Carolina


Duke University, J.D. and LL.M., with honors, 1989; Order of the Coif; Duke Law Journal, Editor-in-Chief

Harvard College, A.B., cum laude, 1984


Matt Sawchak focuses his practice on complex litigation, antitrust and appeals. He has argued at all levels of the federal and North Carolina court systems, including the U.S. Supreme Court.

Clients often retain Matt as new or additional counsel on appeal. He has handled a number of cases with stakes greater than a billion dollars.

Matt uses strategic approaches to handle complex cases efficiently. Many cases turn on the resolution of one central issue. Matt works to identify that issue early and get it decided in the client's favor.

Before joining Robinson Bradshaw, Matt served as solicitor general of North Carolina from 2017 to 2020. He acted as lead counsel in the state's highest-stakes civil appeals. In private practice as well, Matt has handled many cases involving government agencies — both as opponents and as clients.

Matt is a thought leader on the law of unfair and deceptive trade practices. Federal and state courts have relied on his articles in this area.

Honors & Awards

  • North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, Leaders in the Law Award, 2023
  • Chambers USA, antitrust, 2009-16, 2021-24; appellate, 2022-24; litigation, 2022-24
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers, business litigation, 2006-18, 2021; appellate, 2022-24; Top 25 Raleigh Super Lawyer, 2013-17; Top 100 North Carolina Super Lawyer, 2007-17
  • The Best Lawyers in America, antitrust, appellate, bet-the-company litigation, commercial litigation, litigation - antitrust, 2003-24; Raleigh Litigation - Antitrust Lawyer of the Year, 2012, 2015, 2024; Raleigh Appellate Practice Lawyer of the Year, 2014, 2016, 2024
  • Business North Carolina, Legal Elite, antitrust, Hall of Fame; appellate, 2021, 2023-24
  • Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star, 2013-16, 2022-24
  • North Carolina Pro Bono Honor Society, 2020-21
  • Martindale-Hubbell, AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated


  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Clarence Thomas, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit



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Professional Affiliations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Board of Governors, Vice President, 2024-present
  • American Law Institute, Elected Member
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Antitrust Section, Council Member
  • North Carolina State Bar Board-Certified Specialist, Appellate Practice
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Appellate Rules Committee, Member and Past Chair
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section, Member and Past Chair
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, Rules Committee, Chair

Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Master Chorale, Member
  • North Carolina Opera, Member
  • A Place at the Table, Volunteer
  • Note in the Pocket, Volunteer
  • First United Methodist Church of Cary, Staff-Parish Relations Committee, Chair
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