Matt Leerberg has a wide-ranging practice, with a particular focus on state and federal court litigation involving business and employment disputes.
Matt also regularly represents clients in the North Carolina appellate courts and in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. In addition, Matt has served as a consultant for appeals before the North Carolina appellate courts, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Matt is also a contributor to the North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog, www.ncapb.com, which provides news, information, tips, and resources for practicing law in North Carolina's state and federal appellate courts.
As part of his appellate practice, Matt serves on the North Carolina Bar Association's Appellate Rules Committee.
Matt is also an Adjunct Professor at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University, where he teaches Federal Courts.
J.D., High Honors, Duke University School of Law, 2006
B.A., Chemistry and Physics, magna cum laude, Harvard University, 2000
North Carolina, 2006
United States Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 2007
United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 2009
United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 2009
United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2009
- Order of the Coif
- Duke University Mordecai Scholar
- McNeill Smith Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, 2012
- North Carolina Super Lawyers, Rising Stars Edition, Listed Business Litigation (2012, 2013)
- Business North Carolina's Legal Elite, Young Guns (2012, 2013)
- Finalist for North Carolina Lawyers Weekly 2010 Emerging Legal Leaders Award
- United Way of the Greater Triangle; Campaign Leader of the Year 2009
- Directed Duke University School of Law's Guardian ad Litem Program to the 2005 North Carolina Bar Association's Law Students Pro Bono Project Award
- North Carolina Bar Association
- Appellate Rules Committee, North Carolina Bar Association
- Defense Research Institute
- Adjunct Professor of Federal Courts at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University
- Clerkship, United States Court of Appeals Judge Allyson Kay Duncan, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, Raleigh, NC
- McCrann v. Pinehurst, LLC, --- N.C. App. ---, --- S.E.2d --- (North Carolina Court of Appeals Feb. 5, 2013)
- Mussa v. Palmer-Mussa, --- N.C. ---, 731 S.E.2d 404 (Supreme Court of North Carolina 2012)
- Hoke County Board of Education v. State of North Carolina (the "Leandro" case), --- N.C. App. ---, 2012 N.C. App. LEXIS 1028 (2012)
- Smith v. Bank of Stanly, 723 S.E.2d 124 (North Carolina Court of Appeals April 3, 2012)
- Smith v. Bank of Stanly, 457 Fed. Appx. 249 (Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Dec. 14, 2011)
- McCrann v. Village of Pinehurst, --- N.C. App. ---, 716 S.E.2d 667 (North Carolina Court of Appeals 2011)
- Hatley v. Continental General Tire, No. COA10-1526, 203 N.C. App. 372 (North Carolina Court of Appeals Sept. 6, 2011)
- Town of Apex v. Whitehurst, --- N.C. App. ---, 712 S.E.2d 898 (North Carolina Court of Appeals 2011)
- Fen-Phen Series 2005-01 v. James S. Farrin, P.C., 436 Fed. Appx. 150 (Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals June 24, 2011)
- Bogovich v. Embassy Club of Sedgefield, Inc., --- N.C. App. ---, 712 S.E.2d 257 (North Carolina Court of Appeals 2011)
- Conoley v. Town of Wendell, No. COA09-810, 209 N.C. App. 204, 707 S.E.2d 264 (North Carolina Court of Appeals Jan. 4, 2011)
- Mugno v. Mugno, 205 N.C. App. 273, 695 S.E.2d 495 (North Carolina Court of Appeals 2010)
- U.S. v. Rucker, 395 Fed. Appx. 970 (Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals 2010)
- North Carolina Ins. Guar. Ass'n v. Board of Trustees of Guilford Tech. Comm. College, 364 N.C. 102, 691 S.E.2d 694 (North Carolina Supreme Court 2010)
- Posts on the North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog
- "Dismissing a Tortious Interference Claim—With or Without Twombly", DRI's The Voice, March 31, 2010
- Co-author, "Change to Unemployment Insurance Laws Provides Narrow Window For Private Non-Profits to Save Money in 2009" Health Care Law Note, December 2009
- Co-author, "Know your Audience(s): How to Write Appellate Briefs for Both Judges and Clerks", The Litigator, Vol. 29, No. 2, February 2009
- Incentivizing Prizes: How Foundations Can Utilize Prizes to Generate Solutions to the Most Intractable Social Problems, Duke Foundation Research Program, 2006
- Takings and Statutory Entitlements: Does the Tobacco Buyout Take Quota Rights Without Just Compensation?, 55 Duke L.J. 865, 2006.
* Past success does not indicate the likelihood of success in any future legal representation.