Abraham and Garcia bring legal and legislative experience to new positions
CHARLESTON, WV — Today, Governor Jim Justice announced that Brian Abraham will serve as his general counsel and Joey Garcia will serve the office as senior counsel for legislation and policy.
"Brian Abraham and Joey Garcia have the legal talent to really help our team, and I am thrilled they will bring their experience to help get things done for the people of West Virginia," said Governor Jim Justice. "Brian is a veteran and an accomplished attorney, and I know he will continue to make our state proud in this new job. Joey helped navigate the West Virginia Legislature for Governor Tomblin and worked hard to keep our state on a responsible course. Both men love our state and the have the skills to help me transform West Virginia."
Brian Abraham -- General Counsel:
Brian will serve as the top legal advisor to Governor Jim Justice. Abraham currently serves as a Lieutenant Colonel in the West Virginia Army National Guard. He served on active duty in Iraq with 18th Airborne Corps as an operational law officer and as a prosecutor of suspected insurgents. After returning from an active duty Army mobilization, Abraham founded the law firm Abraham & Ilderton, PLLC, in Logan, West Virginia. In his practice, he has extensive litigation experience and has represented businesses, individuals and government agencies. Previously, he was the elected Prosecuting Attorney for Logan County from 1999 until 2009 where he was responsible for the prosecution of thousands of cases.
Abraham is a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law and also received a B.S. in business administration from Fairmont State University. He was previously honored by the West Virginia State Bar as the Citizen-Soldier of the year.
Joey Garcia -- Senior Counsel for Legislation and Policy:
Joey Garcia served over two years as Director of Legislative Affairs for Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and, prior to that appointment, was Deputy General Counsel to Governor Tomblin. He brings expertise and experience in providing legal counsel and developing strategy for accomplishing policy and legislative goals. Before serving in state government, Garcia practiced law at the firm of Spilman, Thomas & Battle, PLLC in Charleston. Garcia, a native of Fairmont, West Virginia, earned his undergraduate degree and law degree from West Virginia University.