Matt Sawchak focuses his practice on business litigation, antitrust, and appeals.
Business North Carolina magazine has twice profiled Mr. Sawchak as the top antitrust lawyer in North Carolina. Since 2003, that magazine has included Mr. Sawchak in its Legal Elite Hall of Fame.
Here are examples of Mr. Sawchak’s engagements:
In Bumpers v. Community Bank, a leading case in which the North Carolina Supreme Court defined the scope of North Carolina’s “unfair trade practices” statute, Mr. Sawchak represented the winning defendant on appeal. Please click here to read a recent news article about the case.
Mr. Sawchak regularly represents parties in cases with allegations of unfair trade practices or other competitively sensitive allegations.
In North Carolina Board of Pharmacy v. Rules Review Commission, a leading case on North Carolina administrative law, Mr. Sawchak represented the prevailing government agency in the North Carolina Supreme Court.
He has represented corporate plaintiffs and defendants in federal multidistrict antitrust cases, including In re Polyester Staple Antitrust Litigation and In re Cotton Yarn Antitrust Litigation.
He served as an expert witness in a resale-price-maintenance case in the North Carolina Business Court.
He acted as lead defense counsel in state antitrust enforcement proceedings that challenged trade association activities. This North Carolina Business Court case raised questions of first impression under North Carolina antitrust law and under the Noerr-Pennington doctrine.
He has represented multiple government agencies in antitrust cases, including cases in which the Federal Trade Commission has challenged the actions of state government agencies.
He has advised professional associations on their antitrust concerns, including concerns over the regulated scope of practice of other professions.
He defended another law firm against fiduciary-duty claims threatened by a departing partner.
He defends financial services companies in consumer litigation throughout North Carolina.
Parties often retain Mr. Sawchak as new or additional counsel on appeal. Mr. Sawchak has been recognized as a board-certified specialist in appellate practice by the North Carolina State Bar. Mr. Sawchak, in fact, serves on the official committee that administers the appellate practice specialization in North Carolina. Mr. Sawchak has also chaired the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee, which makes recommendations to the North Carolina Supreme Court on issues of appellate procedure. Likewise, he serves on the Rules Advisory Committee for the North Carolina Business Court.
Mr. Sawchak is a member of the leadership of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Section. He serves on the editorial board of the Antitrust Law Journal, a leading peer-reviewed journal on antitrust and competition law. He was the chief editor of the second edition of the American Bar Association’s State Antitrust Enforcement Handbook.
Mr. Sawchak, with Kip Nelson, has published an article in the North Carolina Law Review on advanced issues in state “unfair trade practices” law.
Mr. Sawchak is profiled as a Litigation Star in the 2013 edition of Benchmark Litigation and Benchmark Appellate. He also appears in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business (2006-2013), North Carolina Super Lawyers (2006-2013), and The Best Lawyers in America® (2003-2013). He has been named twice as a Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in the areas of Appellate Practice and Litigation—Antitrust.
Mr. Sawchak graduated cum laude in 1984 from Harvard University, where he was a National Merit Scholar. He earned his J.D. and LL.M. with honors from Duke Law School in 1989. He was the editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal.
Mr. Sawchak clerked for Justice Clarence Thomas when Justice Thomas served on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Before his judicial clerkship, he clerked in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States.
North Carolina, 1989
United States District Courts
Eastern District of North Carolina, 1992
Middle District of North Carolina, 1992
Western District of North Carolina, 1992
United States Supreme Court, 1993
United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1996
Professional associations and memberships
North Carolina Bar Association, Past Chair of Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section and Appellate Rules Committee
American Bar Association
Member of Antitrust Section Leadership
Member of the editorial board for State Antitrust Practice and Statutes (4th ed.)
Chief editor for State Antitrust Enforcement Handbook (2d ed.)
North Carolina Business Court, Rules Advisory Committee
Prior legal experience
Clerkship, Justice Clarence Thomas, United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit