Wise County & City of Norton Commonwealth Attorney's Office
Commonwealth Attorney

Meet the Deputy Commonwealth's Attorneys

Mike Abbott

Mike Abbott
Chief Deputy Commonwealth Attorney

Mike has traveled around the world and back, finding his way to Wise County Virginia after a ten-year tour of duty in Europe in the United States Army, conducting espionage operations for American intelligence agencies. Mike is a native of Ducktown, Tennessee, and graduated from Greeneville High School. He attended the University of Tennessee and the University of Virginia's College at Wise (Clinch Valley College), obtaining two Bachelors of Science degrees and one Bachelor of Arts degree. He was admitted to the Virginia State Bar in 1995. Mike was in private practice with Sturgill & Kennedy, P.C., for twelve years before joining the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in 2007.



Timothy Pettman

Timothy Pettman
Deputy Commonwealth Attorney

Tim grew up in Bedford County. He is a graduate of the Helm’s School of Government at Liberty University where he earned his B.S. in Western Legal Traditions, and Regent University School of Law where he earned his J.D. While in law school, Tim interned for Justice Kelsey of the Virginia Supreme Court, served as a senior editor on the Journal of Global Justice & Public Policy, Vice-President of the Student Bar Association, and President of Student Alumni Ambassadors.



Nicole Price

Nicole Price
Deputy Commonwealth Attorney

Nicole has been prosecuting in Virginia since 2011, including a term as the Commonwealth Attorney for Washington County. She received a B.A. from the University Of Kentucky in 1991 and graduated from the University of Kentucky Law School in 1994. She has been elected to the Governing Board of Virginia Association of Commonwealth’s Attorneys. She has also been appointed to VACA's Committee on Justice and Professionalism as well as the Committee on Justice and Professionalism. She has previously served as a member of the Washington County Board of Supervisors and a member of the Southwest Virginia Regional Jail Authority Board. Nicole is currently the office's lead prosecutor in cases involving the illegal distribution and abuse of drugs.



Joshua Newberry

Joshua Newberry
Chief Assistant Commonwealth Attorney

Josh grew up in Dickenson County, Virginia and graduated from Clintwood High School. Before completing his education, Josh spent time working in local mines. He received a Bachelor's degree from UVA Wise and a law degree from the Appalachian School of Law. He joined the Commonwealth Attorney's office in Wise for several years before running for and obtaining the job of Commonwealth Attorney for Dickenson County. When he completed that term of service he returned to the Wise Commonwealth Attorney's office to serve as the office's lead prosecutor in cases involving violent crime.



Ken Lammers

Ken Lammers
Deputy Commonwealth Attorney

Ken served six years in the United States Army, in the 519th Military Intelligence Battalion and was deployed into combat zones in both Operation Just Cause and Desert Shield/Storm as well as being deployed as part the Multi-National Force and Observers in the Sinai. While in the military Ken graduated from the Defense Language Institute in 1988 and the United States Army Intelligence Center and School in 1989 as well as earning an Associate of Arts from Methodist University. After leaving the Army he earned a Bachelor of Arts with majors in both Religion and International Studies from Centre College before securing a Juris Doctorate from Washington & Lee Law.



Berlin Skeen

Berlin Skeen
Deputy Commonwealth Attorney

Berlin is a graduate of J.J. Kelly High School, Clinch Valley College, and Cumberland School of Law. He joined this office with over twenty-five years experience. Berlin has run his own law practice in both Virginia and Tennessee. He served as both an Assistant District Attorney General and a Regional General Counsel for the Department of Children's Services in Tennessee. He also served as counsel for the Wise, Virginia Department of Social Services.



Ross Phillips

Ross Phillips
Deputy Commonwealth Attorney

Ross graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.S. in Environmental Policy and Planning. He earned his J.D. and an M.S. in Water Resources from the University of Idaho in 2013. During his law school summers, Ross clerked for Justice Elizabeth McClanahan when she sat on the Court of Appeals of Virginia and worked at the offices of the attorneys general for Idaho and Virginia. After sitting for the Virginia Bar, Ross worked at First Tennessee Development District as a land use planner for several communities in East Tennessee. He began his law career in private practice in Bristol in 2015 before joining the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in 2016. Ross enjoys the outdoors and hiked the entire Appalachian Trail in 2008.



Steven Davis

Steven Davis
Deputy Commonwealth Attorney

Steven grew up in Dickenson County, Virginia and graduated from Clintwood High School in 2003. He graduated from the University of Virginia's College at Wise in 2009 majoring in both History and Spanish Foreign Studies. He then attended law school at the Appalachian School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude in 2012. During law school Steven served as an associate editor of the Appalachian Journal of Law and devoted much of his time volunteering at a local elementary school. Before joining this office he served the citizens of Wise County for three years as a Virginia Magistrate.