Meet Our Attorneys

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James S. Warren

James S. Warren earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from Wake Forest University. In 1974, he joined John Rich to form Rich and Warren, the original firm, now known as Warren, Shackleford & Thomas. Admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts of North Carolina, James restricts his practice now …

James S. Warren earned his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from Wake Forest University. In 1974, he joined John Rich to form Rich and Warren, the original firm, now known as Warren, Shackleford & Thomas. Admitted to practice law in all state and federal courts of North Carolina, James restricts his practice now to real estate transactions. With over 40 years of experience, James handles everything from the first-time home purchase to complicated commercial purchases. He assists developers seeking to start a subdivision and the home buyers who move into that subdivision.

James is a Wake Forest native. He and his wife Carol have three children, Amy, Tom and Anthony. He proudly served our country in the United States Army. James is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the North Carolina Bar Association and the Wake County Bar. Locally, he has served on almost every community or civic organization board more than once, and in 2006, he was chosen as Wake Forest’s Citizen of the Year.

 

Keith Shackleford

After earning his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from Wake Forest University, Attorney R. Keith Shackleford associated with the law firm of Warren, Perry & Anthony in 1996.  He remains a member of the firm now known as Warren, Shackleford & Thomas. Keith represents clients in planning their estates, probate administration, business purchase …

After earning his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate degrees from Wake Forest University, Attorney R. Keith Shackleford associated with the law firm of Warren, Perry & Anthony in 1996.  He remains a member of the firm now known as Warren, Shackleford & Thomas. Keith represents clients in planning their estates, probate administration, business purchase and start-up and civil and criminal litigation. Advocating for his clients, he has appeared before the Office of Administrative Hearings, Real Estate Commission, Federal District Court, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, the N.C. Industrial Commission, N.C. Court of Appeals and the Superior and District Courts of North Carolina.

Although Keith’s litigation practice initially focused on personal injury and criminal matters, his practice has expanded. His practice areas now include drafting wills and trusts, administering probate, guardianship, caveat proceedings, property disputes, contract drafting, review and disputes and general civil litigation.  He has represented clients in claims against the State of North Carolina.  Appearing before the Real Estate Commission, he has defended clients’ real estate licenses. He has represented clients in disputes arising from injury to real property, adverse possession, boundary disputes, nuisance and breach of restrictive covenants.

Keith is licensed to practice law in the State of North Carolina and in Federal District Court, Middle and Eastern Divisions.

Keith served as a commissioner on the Housing Authority of Wake County Board from 2000 until 2016. He was elected to the Board of Directors of the Wake County Bar Association and appointed to the Tenth Judicial Bar Grievance Committee, investigating grievances against attorneys. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Wake Technical Community College for eight years. He is a member of the Fishburne-Hudgins Education Foundation, Inc. Board of Trustees. This Foundation owns and operates Fishburne Military School in Waynesboro, Virginia. He is an active member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc.

 

Kimberly Thomas

Kimberly Thomas is the newest partner of the firm after owning and managing her own firm in Raleigh for over 22 years. Kim received her JD from Wake Forest University after receiving undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William Peace University.

Kimberly Thomas is the newest partner of the firm after owning and managing her own firm in Raleigh for over 22 years. Kim received her JD from Wake Forest University after receiving undergraduate degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and William Peace University.

Brittany Stiltner Attorney At Law

Brittany Stiltner

Brittany was born and raised in Tazewell, Virginia. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Radford University earning Bachelors’ Degrees in both Political Science and Psychology. Brittany attended Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh where she earned her Juris Doctorate Degree in 2016. During her time at Campbell, Brittany was involved in Campbell Law’s Pro …

Brittany was born and raised in Tazewell, Virginia. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Radford University earning Bachelors’ Degrees in both Political Science and Psychology. Brittany attended Campbell University School of Law in Raleigh where she earned her Juris Doctorate Degree in 2016. During her time at Campbell, Brittany was involved in Campbell Law’s Pro Bono Council and Competitive Mock Trial Team. She was the recipient of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award and inducted into the Order of Barristers for her distinguished achievement in the advocacy program.

Since joining the firm, Brittany has represented clients in domestic matters as well as civil and corporate litigation. While she enjoys being in the courtroom, she spends a good deal of her time drafting and reviewing domestic and corporate contracts including separation agreements, asset purchase agreements and employment agreements. Her goal is to ensure that her clients have the proper legal documents to prevent unnecessary litigation in the future. Brittany has assisted numerous small businesses in the Wake Forest and surrounding areas in starting their businesses. She is a resource for everything from initial corporate filings, to drafting company documents, to helping you close on the sale or purchase of your business. Brittany aims to utilize technology to better accommodate her clients’ busy schedules and make her practice as efficient and productive as possible.

Brittany is eager to become more involved in the community of Wake Forest. She is currently participating in Leadership Wake Forest and looks forward to being more active in the Wake Forest Chamber of Commerce. Brittany also continues to be involved in the advocacy program at Campbell Law, where she coaches for their competitive mock trial team.