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February 5, 2014
Professor Sawchak to lead CLE program on unfair-business-practices laws

RALEIGH, N.C. - Campbell Law School Professor Matt Sawchak will lead a continuing legal education program (CLE) on unfair-business-practices laws for the Research Triangle Area Chapter of the Association of Corporal Counsel (ACC) on Wednesday, Feb. 12. The program is presented by Ellis & Winters LLP.

Sawchak teaches civil procedure and antitrust at Campbell Law. His recent scholarship focuses on trade regulation in the states, including the unique and expanding role of unfair-business-practices laws. In addition to his faculty role at Campbell Law, Sawchak practices in business litigation, antitrust litigation and appeals with Ellis & Winters LLP.

Many unfair-business-practices laws, including North Carolina’s, combine a private right of action for treble damages with a vague conduct standard. In the Feb. 12 program, Sawchak will break down these laws, explaining how courts have applied the opaque standards that govern them in North Carolina and elsewhere. Sawchak will also suggest strategies — both offensive and defensive — to help businesses work with the law in this area. Sawchak recently argued and won a groundbreaking North Carolina Supreme Court case on the limits of North Carolina’s unfair-business-practices statue.

“It’s a pleasure to have the chance to discuss the law on unfair-business-practices with my colleagues in the ACC,” Sawchak said. “This is an area that affects business litigation and counseling every day. It’s great that the members of the ACC have programs to tap into the latest scholarship in a field like this one.”
The program, “What’s Fair? How to Seek or Prevent Treble Damages Under Unfair-Business-Practices Laws,” will be delivered at Ruth’s Chris Steak House at 2010 Renaissance Park Place in nearby Cary, N.C. There is no cost for RTAC-ACC members. Non-members are welcome to attend for a $15 fee. For more information or to RSVP, contact Marvin Genzer at

Sawchak is the first Practitioner in Residence at Campbell Law. He has been certified as a specialist in appellate practice by the North Carolina State Bar. Business North Carolina magazine has profiled Sawchak twice as the top antitrust lawyer in North Carolina. He is also described as a leading lawyer in Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Appellate, Best Lawyers in America, SuperLawyers and Chambers USA. As one of his many scholarly and professional activities, he serves as an editor of the American Bar Association’s Antitrust Law Journal. Last month North Carolina SuperLawyers named Sawchak to its annual Top 10 list of leading North Carolina Lawyers.

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

Since its founding in 1976, Campbell Law School has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others. The school has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation’s top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation’s best Trial Advocacy Program. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,500 alumni, including more than 2,400 who reside and work in North Carolina. In September 2009, Campbell Law relocated to a state-of-the-art building in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit



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