Michelle Liguori is a partner at the law firm Ellis & Winters LLP in Raleigh, where she litigates cases on appeal and in the state and federal trial courts.
Michelle has a wide-ranging civil appellate practice. She has represented appellants and appellees in cases ranging from complex commerical disputes to medical malpractice, and she advises on matters of appellate strategy while cases are proceeding in trial court. Michelle also represents criminal defendants as appointed appellate counsel in the Fourth Circuit, North Carolina Court of Appeals, and North Carolina Supreme Court.
Michelle’s trial court practice focuses on complex commercial disputes, class actions, and section 1983 litigation. Michelle is a founding member of Best in Class, Ellis & Winters's class action blog, and she regularly writes and edits articles for the blog.
Before joining Ellis & Winters, Michelle was a staff attorney and law clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She later worked for the Solicitor General’s Office at the North Carolina Department of Justice, handling civil and criminal appeals in the North Carolina appellate courts and Fourth Circuit.
Michelle is actively involved in the legal community, locally and nationally. She is on the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Section Council, and serves as CLE Co-Chair. Michelle is involved, as well, with the American Bar Association’s Class Actions and Derivative Suits Committee, and serves as Chair of the Appellate Subcommittee. She is also on the Bar Candidate Interview Committee for the Wake County Bar Association and the Board of Directors of the Harvard Club of the Research Triangle.
Michelle has been a lecturing fellow at Duke Law School since 2018. She currently teaches Scholarly Writing Workshop, and also has taught Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing for International Students and assisted with the Summer Institute on Law, Language, and Culture.