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Matt Leerberg Becomes Board Certified Appellate Practice Specialist

Matt Leerberg Becomes Board Certified Appellate Practice Specialist

December 8, 2014

Raleigh, N.C.  Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney Matthew Nis Leerberg was recently certified by the North Carolina State Bar as an Appellate Practice Specialist. Leerberg is one of only 29 lawyers in the state who have achieved this distinction, joining fellow Smith Moore Leatherwood attorneys Beth Brooks Scherer and James G. Exum, Jr. as board-certified, Appellate Practice Specialists.

"Only a select group of attorneys are able to meet the rigorous qualifications and testing requirements necessary for appellate practice certification," notes Smith Moore Leatherwood attorney Beth Scherer. "Matt's outstanding achievement distinguishes him as an expert in the field of appellate practice."

Leerberg focuses his practice on appellate litigation as well as state and federal court litigation involving business and employment disputes.  Leerberg has represented appellate clients in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, the Supreme Court of North Carolina, and the North Carolina Court of Appeals, and has argued cases in all three courts.

Leerberg was selected by Law & Politics Magazine for inclusion in the 2012-2014 North Carolina's Super Lawyers' Rising Stars Editions in business litigation. He was also selected as one of Business North Carolina's Legal Elite in the Young Guns category for 2012-2014. He currently serves on the Appellate Rules Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association, chairs the CLE Committee and serves as Secretary of the Appellate Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, and chairs the Appellate Practice committee of the Federal Bar Association, Eastern District of North Carolina chapter.  Leerberg is also an adjunct professor at the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University.  He also is a founder and regular contributor to Smith Moore Leatherwood’s widely read North Carolina Appellate Practice Blog (

The North Carolina State Bar certifies lawyers as specialists in designated practice areas as a service to the public. The program assists members of the public in the selection of legal counsel by identifying lawyers who have demonstrated special knowledge, skill, and proficiency in certain areas of law. The program also gives lawyers a credible way of making their expertise known to the public and other lawyers.

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