OUR ATTORNEYS

N. Kyle Hicks

Member

BIO INFO

Kyle concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate (both residential and commercial), probate, estate settlement, estate planning, tax foreclosure, guardianships, and social services. He has been a North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist in Real Property Law—Residential Transactions since 1993. He routinely works with individuals, businesses, realtors, lenders, and title companies to provide thorough representation in the purchase, sale, and financing of real estate in Granville, Vance, Warren, Franklin, and Person Counties. 

Kyle’s clients include not only people and businesses from North Carolina who are conducting real estate transactions, but also those from all over the United States purchasing and selling real estate locally. In addition, he represents the Granville County Department of Social Services in both child and adult protective services. He also represents the Granville County and Vance County Tax Offices in property tax lien foreclosures, and lenders (both individual and commercial) in mortgage foreclosures. Whether an individual, commercial, or institutional client, Kyle provides quality legal services in a timely and affordable manner.

He received his B.S degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1981, and his J.D. from Wake Forest University School of Law in 1984. He is a member of the North Carolina, Granville County and Ninth Judicial District Bar Associations, and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 1984. Kyle is also a member of the North Carolina Land Title Association, the American Land Title Association, and the Christian Legal Society. He has lived in Granville County, North Carolina all of his life, is married with two grown children and has one grandchild.

James C. Wrenn, Jr.

Member

BIO INFO

Jim’s practice is focused on serving as general counsel for numerous governmental entities, health care providers, business entities, and non-profit organizations. He is county attorney for Granville County, North Carolina, town attorney for the Town of Butner, North Carolina, and General Counsel for the South Granville Water and Sewer Authority, Granville Health System, the North Carolina Senior Living Association, the Kerr-Tar Regional Counsel of Governments, the Kerr-Tar Regional Economic Development Corporation, Franklin-Vance-Warren Opportunities, Inc., Vance Charter School, and many for-profit entities.

In his capacity as general counsel, Jim provides his clients with the legal advice necessary to comply with their legal obligations and position themselves to meet their goals and objectives. He frequently finds himself providing counsel on issues related to corporate governance, health care regulations, human resources, environmental compliance, contracting (including meeting state and federal contracting requirements), taxation, economic development, litigation, lobbying, and internal investigations.

When necessary to meet a client’s particular needs due to geographical or specialization factors, Jim, based on relationships with other lawyers across the state and country, frequently helps clients identify, retain, and manage other counsel and lobbyists to meet their needs in an efficient, cost-effective manner. He most enjoys situations where clients’ legal needs and policy goals intersect so that he can help them prepare for the future rather than act reactively once a situation is beyond their control.

Prior to beginning practice in 2002 with his current firm, Jim was in private practice in Raleigh. He clerked for the Honorable Karen Johnson Williams of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals following law school.

Jim earned his JD from Harvard Law School and his BA from the Virginia Military Institute. He lives in Oxford, North Carolina with his family.

Gerald T. Koinis

Associate

BIO INFO

Gerry’s practice focuses on providing legal services to numerous governmental entities, health care providers, business entities, and non-profit organizations. His practice also involves commercial and residential real estate transactions, civil litigation, land use and zoning matters, general business and commercial law, special proceedings (such as petitions for partitions, foreclosures, etc.), estate planning, and estate administration. Gerry also represents the Child Support Enforcement Agency of the Granville County Department of Social Services.

Gerry received his B.A.  degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2010 with a double major in Economics and Political Science.  He received his law degree from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law in 2013.

He is a member of the North Carolina, Granville County and Ninth Judicial District Bar Associations, and was admitted to the North Carolina Bar in 2013. He is a past President of the Granville County Bar Association.

Gerry was born and raised in Oxford, North Carolina and now lives there with his family. He is an avid fan of Tarheel sports.

Jeffrey G. Stovall

Of Counsel

BIO INFO

Jeff’s practice is concentrated on general civil litigation, domestic relations, criminal defense, and probate and estate planning. In over 15 years of practice, Jeff has handled comprehensive issues of civil litigation including contract interpretation and construction, employment agreements and general contract disputes for a wide range of clientele both national and international. Jeff enjoys developing trial strategy based on individual clients’ needs and recommendations. One of Jeff’s greatest strengths is effectively communicating and working with his clients to ensure that their goals are achieved.

The lawyer-client relationship is a special one. Whether a client needs to file a lawsuit or defend themselves against one, Jeff can help through the complicated and often stressful process and can advise whether a dispute should be taken to court or handled outside of the courtroom. Jeff is a zealous advocate for his clients and consistently obtains favorable results.

Prior to joining Hicks Wrenn, PLLC, Jeff owned a private practice in Kentucky. Jeff is also licensed to practice in Pennsylvania.

Jeff earned his JD from Pennsylvania State University and his BA from Furman University, where he played Division I baseball.  Jeff also played baseball at Campbell University where he attended graduate school. Jeff enjoys volunteering in his local community and previously served as a councilman. Jeff lives in Stovall, North Carolina on his family’s farm with his wife, Sabine (also a lawyer), son, Sterling, and daughter, Mae.