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

Meet the Deputy Commonwealth's Attorneys

Adrian J. Collins

Adrian J. Collins
Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

Adrian is a life-long resident of Wise County Virginia, graduating from Coeburn High School. He attended the University of Virginia's College at Wise (Clinch Valley College), receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. Adrian then attended Regent University School of Law and received his Juris Doctor. Adrian was in private practice for twelve years before joining the Commonwealth's Attorney's Office in 2003. He prosecutes cases in all courts, with a primary emphasis on violent crimes, and manages the administration of the office.



Berlin W. Skeen Jr.

Berlin W. Skeen Jr.
Deputy Commonwealth's 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. Berlin is prosecuting felony cases in the Circuit Court.



Kenneth F. Lammers, Jr.

Kenneth F. Lammers, Jr.
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

Ken received an Associate of Arts degree from Methodist College and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Centre College. He also graduated from the Defense Language Institute in 1988 and the United States Army Intelligence Center and School in 1989. Ken received his Juris Doctorate degree from Washington and Lee Law School. Ken was a solo practitioner in Chesterfield, Powhatan, and Amelia counties for six years before joining the office in 2006. He prosecutes cases in all courts, primarily focusing on larceny cases and financial crimes.



Michael H. Abbott

Michael H. Abbott
Deputy Commonwealth's 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. Mike prosecutes cases in General District Court and Circuit Court.



Thomas Baker

Thomas Baker
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

Tom is life-long resident of Lee County Virginia and serves as a part-time Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney, handling juvenile and domestic relations cases. Tom maintains a private law office in Scott County, Virginia.



Sarah Jessee

Sarah Jessee
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

Sarah is a life-long resident of Lee County Virginia, graduating from Lee High School. She received her Bachelor of Science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and her Juris Doctor degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. Sarah joined the office in 2007 and prosecutes felony cases in Circuit Court.



Jennifer Brickey

Jennifer Brickey
Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney

Jennifer Brickey was raised in Scott County, Virginia and graduated from Gate City High School. She attended William and Mary College, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. At the University of Virginia School of Law she was the Editor in Chief of the Virginia Tax Review. She joined the office in 2012 and prosecutes in Circuit Court.



Jason Grace

Jason Grace
Deputy Commonwealth Attorney

Jason Grace grew up in the Big Stone Gap area and is a graduate of Powell Valley High School. He attended the University of Virginia and the Appalachian School of Law. While at the law school, he was an assistant publisher of the Natural Resource Law Journal and published The Bureaucracy of Black Lung and a Legacy of Unfulfilled Promise, Appalachian Natural Resources Law Journal (Apr. 2011). After law school, Jason interned for Justice Kinser of the Virginia Supreme Court. He joined the office in 2012 and prosecutes cases in the General District Court and Circuit Court.