Fox Rothschild Attorneys Author Premier Treatise on North Carolina Appellate Law

September 30, 2019 – Press Releases

Fox Rothschild LLP attorneys Matthew Nis Leerberg and Elizabeth Brooks Scherer, both North Carolina Board Certified Specialists in Appellate Practice, have co-authored North Carolina Appellate Practice and Procedure, a comprehensive legal treatise offering detailed discussion of the constitutional provisions, statutes, rules, cases and customs that govern North Carolina appellate law.

Published by LexisNexis®, the treatise is available in print and e-book format as well as on Lexis Advance.

A first-of-its-kind resource for both the bench and the bar, the treatise is organized around the chronology of the appeal process. It offers detailed analysis and practical guidance for the application and interpretation of the legal authorities governing North Carolina appellate law.

“We wrote this treatise to help North Carolina practitioners—from novices to seasoned appellate litigators—better navigate the choppy waters of appellate practice in North Carolina,” said Leerberg. Added Scherer, “Matt and I have long had a passion for promoting excellence in our state and federal appellate courts. Many thousands of hours and years of work went into making this treatise the best it could be. We are proud to make this contribution to the bench and bar.”

Retired Chief Justice Mark Martin of the Supreme Court of North Carolina wrote the treatise’s foreword, graciously noting that the authors are well known “for the polished and compelling quality of their legal work.” Chief Justice Martin described the treatise as “indispensable,” while recommending that “no serious legal library should be without this work.”

Leerberg, who serves as Co-Chair of Fox’s Appellate Practice Group and managing partner of Fox’s Raleigh office, focuses his practice on helping businesses navigate complex litigation and appeals in state and federal court. Leerberg is well-known as a trusted legal strategist, compelling writer and oral advocate. He was also the first attorney in North Carolina to be inducted into Business North Carolina magazine’s Legal Elite “Hall of Fame” for appellate practice. Leerberg is a leader in the business community and the bar, who has served in management roles in two law firms and on the boards of key appellate-focused organizations in North Carolina.

Scherer has led both the North Carolina Bar Association’s Appellate Rules Committee and the North Carolina State Bar’s Appellate Practice Specialization Committee. She has devoted her 16 years of legal practice to guiding clients through federal and state appeals, while also advising countless attorneys across the State on matters involving appellate practice and procedures.

Fox is home to an impressive roster of seasoned appellate attorneys who have extensive insight into effective strategies for prevailing arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court, federal circuit courts throughout the country and more than 20 state appellate courts, including the Supreme Court of North Carolina, the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.

Members of the appellate team share their insights on the firm’s North Carolina Appellate Blog, which was established by Leerberg and Scherer to provide news, information, tips and resources for practicing law in North Carolina’s state and federal appellate courts.