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Michelle Liguori joined Ellis & Winters in October 2018, after most recently serving as a fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General at the North Carolina Department of Justice.  Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation and appellate work.

During her time as a Fellow, Michelle worked closely with the Solicitor General and his deputies on complex constitutional litigation facing the State of North Carolina.  Representative matters included:

  • Developing the legal strategy for and writing a Fourth Circuit brief defending against section 1983 claims and challenges to the application and constitutionality of a state occupational licensing statute.
  • Successfully defending stalking convictions, at oral argument in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, against First Amendment challenges.
  • Writing post-judgment federal-court motion in case involving constitutional challenge to North Carolina’s parole procedures.

Michelle received her undergraduate degree from Amherst College and her law degree from Harvard Law School.  She served as a fellow in the office of the North Carolina Solicitor General, chambers staff attorney to the Honorable Stanley Marcus for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Miami, Florida, and as a staff attorney for the United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit in Atlanta, Georgia.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association

Publications

Prior Legal Experience

  • Fellow, Office of the Solicitor General, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh, NC 
  • Chambers Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Miami, FL, Hon. Stanley Marcus
  • Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Atlanta, GA