Matthew W. Sawchak

Senior Lecturing Fellow


Matt Sawchak is a partner at Ellis & Winters LLP in Raleigh, N.C.  He focuses his practice on antitrust litigation, business litigation, and appeals.  At Duke Law, he teaches Antitrust.

Sawchak is also the Practitioner in Residence at Campbell Law School in Raleigh, where he teaches Antitrust and Civil Procedure.  He is the faculty advisor to the Campbell Law Review.

Business North Carolina magazine has profiled Sawchak twice as the top antitrust lawyer in North Carolina.  In addition, North Carolina Super Lawyers Magazine lists him as one of the top ten overall lawyers in North Carolina.

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 is a board-certified specialist in appellate practice.  He has chaired the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee, which makes recommendations to the North Carolina Supreme Court on issues of appellate procedure.  

Sawchak earned his J.D. with honors and his LL.M. from Duke Law School in 1989.  He was the editor-in-chief of the Duke Law Journal.  He graduated cum laude in 1984 from Harvard University, where he was a National Merit Scholar.

He 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.