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

Harvard University, 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 have one central issue that, when decided authoritatively, resolves the case. Matt works to identify that issue early and get it resolved 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 lawsuits against, and on behalf of, government agencies.

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


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



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Professional Affiliations

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

Community Affiliations

  • North Carolina Master Chorale, Board Member
  • North Carolina Opera, Member
  • A Place at the Table, Volunteer
  • Read and Feed, Volunteer
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