Sidney S. Eagles, Jr. retired as Chief Judge of the North Carolina Court of Appeals in 2004 after over 20 years of service, and served clients as an appellate practitioner for many years thereafter. Today, Judge Eagles has an active mediation and arbitration practice. He is a certified mediator by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission and on the American Arbitration Association's list of Arbitrators.
Prior to his service on the bench (1983-2004), Judge Eagles was in private practice in Raleigh. He was Counsel to the Speaker of the House and earlier had been a Special Deputy Attorney General. He argued cases regularly before the N.C. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court, and he also has argued in the Fourth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States. For more than 30 years, he was an adjunct professor at Campbell University's School of Law, and he has lectured at numerous legal seminars.
While serving on the Attorney General's staff, he was Revisor of Statutes and Secretary to the N.C. General Statutes Commission. He served from 1970 until 1982 as Secretary, Draftsman and Member of the Criminal Code Commission. He also served as head of the Attorney General's Legislative Drafting Service.