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

Meet the Deputy Commonwealth's Attorneys

Mike Abbot

Mike Abbot
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.



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.



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.