History of the Firm

J. Melville Broughton, Jr.Broughton Wilkins Sugg & Thompson, PLLC (originally Broughton & Broughton) was founded in 1952 by Joseph Melville Broughton, Jr and Robert B. Broughton, sons of Joseph Melville Broughton, Governor of North Carolina from 1940-1948, a member of the U.S. Senate from 1948-1949 and a member of the North Carolina Senate from 1926-1930. Governor Broughton, “The War Governor” served North Carolina during World War II. He was also a proponent of the “Good Health Program” to extend medical care and hospital construction across the State. Broughton Hospital in Morganton, North Carolina is named for Governor Broughton. J. Melville Broughton, Jr., following in his father’s footsteps, was also a non-partisan public servant to North Carolina and the United States. He served North Carolina as Chairman of the North Carolina Highway Commission and as Chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party. He was appointed by President Gerald Ford as a member of the United States Legal Services Commission. The firm has a long Raleigh and North Carolina heritage.


Since 1952, Broughton Wilkins has represented businesses and individuals throughout North Carolina. In addition to our experience in the State and federal courts, we are general counsel to several professional licensing boards and frequently handle issues dealing with licensing boards and other administrative agencies. Our attorneys are experienced, successful litigators, as well as trusted advisors and problem solvers. We provide practical and proactive advice and employ results-oriented litigation and negotiation skills that resolve contested matters, while minimizing legal costs. With an office in Raleigh, Broughton Wilkins is able to provide quality legal services throughout the State of North Carolina.