Sidney S. Eagles Jr.

Smith Moore Leatherwood, LLP

Greenville, North Carolina 27858


Commercial, Contract, Elder, Employment, Government, Insurance, Partnership Disputes, Personal Injury, Securities, Workplace, Wrongful Death

Sidney S. Eagles, Jr. is the former Chief Judge of the N.C. Court of Appeals.  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.


           J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 1964

  •  B.A., Wake Forest University, 1961


  •  North Carolina, 1964


  • Selected by his peers as 2011 Raleigh Best LawyersAlternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.)
  • Wake County Bar Association's 2008 Joseph Branch Professionalism Award Winner
  • Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® (Woodward/White, Inc.), Appellate Law (2007-2014), Alternative Dispute Resolution (2007-2011), Arbitration (2012-2014)

 Professional Memberships

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • Member, North Carolina Academy of Superior Court Mediators
  • Past President, Tenth Judicial District Bar Association, 2006
  • Past President, Wake County Bar Association, 2006
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Vice President 
  • Council Member, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to Bar, 2002 to 2010
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, representing Wake County 10th Judicial District Bar, 1992-1995
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, representing the Appellate Judges Conference, 1996-2004
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates, representing the Section of Legal Education and Advisors to the Bar, 2004-2010
  • American Law Institute, life member
  • Uniform Laws Conference, life member
  • Chair, N.C. Judicial Standards Commission, 1994-1997
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Wake Forest University School of Law, 1982-present
  • Board of Trustees Chairperson, Barton College, 2002-2007
  • Member, Chief Justice's Commission on Professionalism 2000-2004
  • Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, 2010-present


  • Military, Retired Colonel, U.S. Air Force Reserve, awarded the Legion of Merit



About Us

Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP serves clients in the Southeast and across the nation through attorneys who are personally invested in solving clients' complex legal issues.  Our offices are located in Atlanta, Georgia, Charleston, and Greenville, South Carolina, and in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, and Wilmington, North Carolina.  Our firm has more than 180 attorneys who concentrate in a wide range of substantive areas.

Our Commitment To You
We commit to our clients to provide the highest quality legal services at a value that they perceive as fair and reasonable.  We fulfill this commitment by establishing long lasting relationships with our clients based on three fundamental principles – trust, communication, and efficiency.  This dedication to client success and legal excellence has distinguished our firm for nearly a century - since Julius C. Smith began his legal practice in 1919.


Trust is the backbone of a mutually rewarding relationship.  We strive to completely understand our clients’ businesses and needs and to become a "partner" in their future.  With us having a stake in their future, our clients trust our advice to be in their best interest.

Successful relationships depend on consistent and productive communications.  We keep in touch with our clients trying to anticipate their needs and problems and collaborating with them to resolve them.  By being proactive in communicating with our clients, we can often provide innovative solutions to unique problems and help our clients keep small issues from becoming big ones.


With its broad range of targeted services, the firm is equipped to respond immediately to most challenges that our clients face.  Our clients deserve prompt and effective legal services.  By allocating our resources and applying different proficiencies to our clients’ problems, we can work with the client as a team to handle efficiently the various issues that confront them.
Establishing trust.  Effective communications.  Efficient teamwork.  THE CORNERSTONES OF OUR COMMITMENT

434 Fayetteville Street, Suite 2800

Raleigh, NC 27601    
(919) 755-8700

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