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The firm was originally named Gilliam and Gilliam around the turn of the 20th century, composed of the father and uncle of the late Donnell Gilliam. Mr. Donnell Gilliam became a partner, and later, Mr. Lyn Bond became a partner, and the firm became known as Gilliam and Bond. Mr. Donnell Gilliam was appointed by President Harry Truman to be the United States District Court judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina, at which time Chauncey H. Leggett became a partner and the firm was designated as Bond and Leggett. When Mr. Bond died, the firm became Leggett and Fountain, with George M. Fountain as a partner. When Mr. Fountain was appointed to the Superior Court bench by Governor Luther Hodges, Herbert H. Taylor Jr. became a partner in the firm, which then became known as Leggett and Taylor. Mr. Leggett died in 1957, and Z. Creighton Brinson became an associate of Herbert H. Taylor Jr. in 1958. The partnership of Taylor and Brinson was formed in 1961. William W. Aycock Jr. became an associate of Taylor and Brinson, and when he subsequently became a partner, the firm was renamed Taylor, Brinson & Aycock.

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James C. Marrow Jr. became an associate in the firm in 1972 and was made a partner in 1976. Mr. Aycock withdrew from the firm effective December 31, 1980, and the firm name was changed to Taylor, Brinson & Marrow. Mr. Marrow withdrew from the firm effective October 1, 1983, and the firm name reverted back to Taylor & Brinson. Thomas J. Moore II became an associate in September 1991.

Effective January 1, 1994, a new firm under the name and style of Taylor, Brinson & Moore was formed and was comprised of three attorneys, Messrs. Brinson and Moore as partners, and Mr. Taylor, who was of counsel. Mr. Moore left the firm on December 31, 1994, and Z. Creighton Brinson practiced as a sole practitioner until April 30, 1995.

Effective May 1, 1995 a new firm under the name and style of Taylor, Brinson & DeLoatch was formed and comprised Mr. Brinson and Mahlon W. DeLoatch Jr. as partners and Mr. Taylor as of counsel. Mr. Taylor passed away in 2001, Mr. Brinson followed him in death in 2005 and Mr. DeLoatch practiced as a sole practitioner until March 14, 2010.

J. Chad Hinton became an associate of Mr. DeLoatch on March 15, 2010, and was made partner on January 1, 2012, at which time the firm became DeLoatch & Hinton, PLLC. Michael B. Peters was hired as an associate of DeLoatch & Hinton on September 4, 2012, and was made partner on January 1, 2014, giving the firm the name DeLoatch, Hinton & Peters, PLLC. Effective January 2019, Mr. Peters accepted a full-time position as Edgecombe County attorney. As of 2019, Mr. DeLoatch transitioned to of counsel, and Mr. Hinton continues to operate as DeLoatch & Hinton, PLLC. Chris Haverstrom was hired in July of 2019, with Taylor Webb joining the firm a few months later, in September.

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