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Karen Stone
(904) 620-1002

Karen Stone is Vice President and General Counsel for the University of North Florida. Prior to joining UNF in 1992, Ms. Stone served as an Associate General Counsel for the University of Florida. Prior to beginning her career in education law in 1988, Ms. Stone was engaged in the private practice of law and also served as Corporate Counsel for Athletic Attic Marketing, an international franchising company of sporting goods stores.

Ms. Stone earned her Bachelor of Arts degree, with high honors, from the University of Florida. She thereafter earned a Master of Arts degree in Political Science and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Florida. She is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys and a past member of NACUA's Board of Directors. Ms. Stone is Board Certified in Education Law by the Florida Bar Association.  

  • P. Christopher "Chris" Wrenn | Deputy General Counsel

    (904) 620-1007

    P. Christopher "Chris" Wrenn joined the Office of the General Counsel in June 2004. Prior to joining UNF, he was Real Estate Group Leader of the Legal Department of Winn Dixie Stores, Inc., where he practiced for 13 years. Prior to his employment at Winn Dixie, Chris engaged in a general business practice with the Jacksonville law firm of Boyd & Jenerette.

    Chris earned his Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Stetson University in 1981 and his Juris Doctor degree, with honors, from the University of Florida College of Law in 1984. He was awarded a Master of Arts degree in English by the University of North Florida in 2003.

    Chris is a native of Winter Park, Florida. He and his wife, Margot, have five children. 

  • Nikita Parker, Assistant General Counsel

    Nikita Parker is an Assistant General Counsel with the University of North Florida.  Nikita began her career as an Assistant Public Defender in Pensacola, Florida, where she represented defendants charged with crimes.  Subsequently, she moved to Tallahassee, Florida, where she worked for the Florida Department of Management Services (“DMS”), where she provided legal advice on matters affecting the Division of Retirement the Division of Specialized Services. 

    She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Criminology from the University of South Florida in 2008, and a Juris Doctorate from Florida Coastal School of Law in 2014.   In her free time, she loves traveling, shopping, reading, and spending time with her family. 

  • John W. Reis | Senior Associate General Counsel


    John Reis joined the Office of the General Counsel in February 2014. John recently moved to Jacksonville from Orlando where he worked at a small environmental and land use law firm.

    John earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University in 2009. He earned his Juris Doctor degree in 2013 from Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law Center in Fort Lauderdale.

    John is a native Floridian, born and raised in Orlando, and having lived all over the state. He loves traveling and visiting new places, enjoys the outdoors and volunteering his time.

  • Justin Sorrell | Senior Associate General Counsel

    (904) 620-2159

    Justin Sorrell is one of the University of North Florida’s Senior Associate General Counsel.   Prior to joining the University, Justin was in-house litigation and employment counsel for The Adecco Group North America, one of the world’s largest staffing companies.  He has also worked for the employment law firm Jackson Lewis, has been a federal district court law clerk in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, and has had experiences working for both the National Labor Relations Board and the U.S. Department of Labor.

    Justin received his undergraduate degree from the University of Florida and his law degree from the College of William & Mary.  He and his wife, Nancy, have four children.  When his children are sleeping, Justin enjoys woodworking, training for triathlons, and volunteering.

  • Stephanie C. Howell | Legal Assistant Paralegal

    (904) 620-1028   

    Stephanie C. Howell joined the Office of the General Counsel as Coordinator, Research Services, in February 2005. Prior to joining UNF, she worked as a litigation paralegal at the firm of McGuire Woods, LLP.

    Ms. Howell earned a Bachelor of Arts and Science, in Legal Administration, from the University of West Florida in 1993 and a Masters degree in Public Administration from Troy State University in 1998. She received certification as a nationally certified paralegal in 1996.

    Ms. Howell has been a member of the Northeast Florida Paralegal Association and a delegate of the Florida Alliance of Legal Assistants and Paralegals. She was a case researcher and writer for the Florida Jury Verdict Reporter.

  • Jennifer Marshall | Coordinator, Administrative Services
  • Mary D. Stumph | Legal Secretary
    (904) 620-1031 

Please feel free to contact us by: e-mail, telephone, facsimile or U.S. mail:

Office of the General Counsel
University of North Florida
1 UNF Drive
J.J. Daniel Hall
Building 1, Room 2100
Jacksonville, FL 32224
Telephone (904) 620-2828
Facsimile (904) 620-2829