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Michelle Liguori focuses her practice on complex trial-court litigation and appeals.  She joined Ellis & Winters in October 2018 after serving as a fellow in the North Carolina Solicitor General’s Office and a staff attorney and law clerk at the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.

Representative matters have included:                                                                              

  • Arguing dispositive motions in the North Carolina Business Court.
  • Writing certiorari reply brief in the United States Supreme Court.
  • Writing Fourth Circuit brief defending against section 1983 claims and constitutional challenges to a state occupational licensing statute.
  • Successfully defending stalking convictions, at oral argument in the North Carolina Court of Appeals, against First Amendment challenges.
  • Writing post-judgment federal-court motion in case involving constitutional challenge to North Carolina’s parole procedures.

Michelle received her B.A. from Amherst College and J.D. from Harvard Law School.  In the year after her law school graduation, she was a Fulbright Fellow in Egypt, where she researched Egyptian constitutional law and lectured on U.S. constitutional law.  Michelle continues to be active in the international legal community and teaches a section of U.S. Legal Analysis, Research, and Writing for International Students at Duke Law School.

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Wake County Bar Association


A New Emergency Law Model for Egypt, American University Washington College of Law, Human Rights Brief, 2012

Prior Legal Experience

  • Fellow, Office of the Solicitor General, North Carolina Department of Justice, Raleigh NC
  • Staff Attorney/Law Clerk, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Miami, FL, Hon. Stanley Marcus
  • Staff Attorney, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, Atlanta, GA