The law office of Billie R. Ellerbe has been engaged in practice before the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court for over twenty (20) years. Appellate practitioners are a different breed of Attorney. They have to understand and master the complexities of the North Carolina Rules of Appellate Procedure as well as the North Carolina Rules of Civil Procedure and possess an intimate knowledge of the North Carolina State Statutes. The must be able to read and understand case law (appellate court opinions)and its interpretations for and or against their stated position. Unlike the dynamic District Court trial courts setting, Appellate Counsel must be equipped to make cogent legal arguments on paper (briefs) submitted to the Appellate Courts. Appearances (oral arguments0 before the Appellate tribunal is rare, One must master the art of winning on paper.