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Sidney S. Eagles Jr.

Sidney S. Eagles Jr.


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Sidney S. Eagles, Jr. retired as Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2004 after over 20 years of service, and served clients as an appellate practitioner for many years thereafter.  Today, Judge Eagles has an active mediation and arbitration practice.  He is a certified mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and on the American Arbitration Association's list of Arbitrators.

Prior to his service on the bench (1983-2004), Judge Eagles was in private practice in Raleigh.  He was Counsel to the Speaker of the House and earlier had been a Special Deputy Attorney General.  He argued cases regularly before the N.C. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, and he also has argued in the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.  For more than 30 years, he was an adjunct professor at Campbell University's School of Law, and he has lectured at numerous legal seminars.

While serving on the Attorney General's staff, he was Revisor of Statutes and Secretary to the N.C. General Statutes Commission.  He served from 1970 until 1982 as Secretary, Draftsman and Member of the Criminal Code Commission.  He also served as head of the Attorney General's Legislative Drafting Service.

  • Selected by his peers as 2011 Raleigh Best Lawyers Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.)
  • Wake County Bar Association's 2008 Joseph Branch Professionalism Award Winner
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Appellate Law (2007-2017), Alternative Dispute Resolution (2007-2011), Arbitration (2012-2017)
  • Benchmark Litigation, North Carolina Litigation Star (2013, 2015-2018)


  • Military, Retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve, awarded the Legion of Merit


  • Wake Forest University, B.A., 1961
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D., 1964
  • North Carolina, 1964
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Member, North Carolina Academy of Superior Court Mediators
  • Past President, Tenth Judicial District Bar Association, 2006
  • Past President, Wake County Bar Association, 2006
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Vice President
  • Council Member, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to Bar, 2002 to present
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, representing Wake County 10th Judicial District Bar, 1992-1995
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, representing the Appellate Judges Conference, 1996-2004
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, representing the Section of Legal Education and Advisors to the Bar, 2004-2010
  • American Law Institute, life member
  • Uniform Laws Conference, life member
  • Chair, N.C. Judicial Standards Commission, 1994-1997
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1982-present
  • Board of Trustees Chairperson, Barton College, 2002-2007
  • Member, Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism
  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2010-present
Military Service
  • U.S. Air Force

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