Robert D. Wilson-Hoss is an attorney who has practiced in Mason County, Washington since 1978. His work includes representation of clients with real property, probate, estate planning and personal injury issues; non-profit associations and corporations, including owner associations; civil rights plaintiffs; and other general matters. He was a recipient of the Washington State Bar Association's Courageous Award, in 1993, for his civil rights work; and the Bar Association’s Community Service Award, in 2007. In addition, in 2017, he was named a "Local Hero" by the Washington State Bar. He is one of fewer than 10 attorneys in the history of the State Bar to be recognized with three major awards.
Mr. Wilson-Hoss was recently named Citizen of the Year for Mason County. He has also recently been recognized by the Washington Association of School Administrators for his community leadership and service to education, and he was presented the Charles Wright Award by the Mason County Bar Association for outstanding service to the Mason County community and legal profession. He and his partner and brother, Richard Hoss, have been honored as Mason County’s Best Lawyers opinion polls of readers of the local newspaper; the same newspaper also named him the County's Volunteer of the Year for 2017. He and his partner have each been honored as leading attorneys nationally by Who’s Who in America.
Mr. Wilson-Hoss graduated from Mark Morris High School in Longview in 1968. He received a B.A. in philosophy and English from Willamette University in 1973, and his J.D. from the University of Washington in 1978. He served several terms as Mason County Judicial Commissioner, in Juvenile Court, Domestic Relations Court and as Settlement Conference Commissioner.
His previous experiences include service in the United States Peace Corps, participation in the establishment of the Northwest Intertribal Court System, and as the first Reservation Attorney for the Squaxin Island Tribe. He has also been a Senior Mediator with the Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center.
Mr. Wilson-Hoss’ law practice emphasizes general client advice through litigation in the following areas: real property, personal injury, probate, estate planning, contracts, collections, land use issues, and estate planning work, as well as small-town issue management. He has been fortunate enough to have been recognized for his litigation skills by Mason County judges on a number of occasions. The following is a Finding of Fact entered in a recent Superior Court case:
"The Court finds that counsel’s work in this matter has been highly effective, and he has addressed several challenging, difficult and unique issues creatively, efficiently and to the benefit of his client. The Court finds also that Counsel is highly experienced in litigation matters in general and that his reputation is excellent."
The following is a recent client testimonial: "Robert Wilson-Hoss and his legal team are essential, efficient, effective and empathetic. I am delighted that his office was able to take our case at short notice. I would strongly recommend his company to anyone who needs the best legal team available in Western Washington. His knowledge of HOA law is encyclopedic."
Mr. Wilson-Hoss has participated in the formation and/or work of several Mason and Thurston County agencies and associations, including the following: Thurston-Mason County Dispute Resolution Center; Thurston-Mason County Bar Association; Mason County Bar Association; St. David's (Episcopal) Vestry; Community Lifeline; Pioneer and Shelton School District Committees, including Core Vision, Student Learning, Curriculum, Planning, and High School Vision, and various bond and levy committees; Mason County Shelter; Habitat for Humanity; Criminal Justice Task Force; Mason County Bench-Bar Mediation Committee; Mason County Counseling Network; Communities in Schools; Neighbors for Academic and Athletic Excellence; Mason Matters; Citizens for a Safe Community; Shelton Youth Soccer Club; Lake Limerick Board of Directors (various committees); Cub Scout Pack 126 Committee; Boys and Girls Club; Mason County Literacy (ESL tutor); Turning Pointe; Save Our County's Kids; Exceptional Foresters; Mason County Guardian Ad Litem Complaint Review Board; Oakland Bay Soccer Camp; and coaching more than 40 youth teams in soccer, basketball, baseball, tennis and track. He served as founder and/or president of many of the above, and was instrumental in the establishment of Habitat for Humanity Mason County, the Mason County homeless shelter, and Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services, among others. He also founded and led an ad hoc task force of community leaders and federal mediators in the mid-1990s that was directed at improving relationships between the emerging Latino-Hispanic community and the existing local community.
His community service work includes eight terms as the President of the Board of Directors of Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services, which culminated in the construction and opening of Mason County’s first domestic violence shelter, a $3,500,000 facility offering about 50 beds, which opened in late 2008.
His recent work included leading an effort to create and implement a local Mason County Superior Court rule presuming mediation in most civil cases, an attempt to reduce court system costs, provide better access to justice for Mason County citizens, and help disputants arrive at more satisfactory resolutions of their issues. He is also currently involved leading the effort to bring a YMCA to Mason County; efforts to support the local school district; and is a member of the Board of Directors of HOST, a nonprofit aimed at helping homeless youth.
Among the awards, recognitions and certifications awarded to Mr. Wilson-Hoss, in addition to those listed above, are those from the Mason County Chamber of Commerce, Shelton Rotary Club, Shelton School District, Turning Pointe Domestic Violence Services, Thurston County Dispute Resolution Center, Lake Limerick Country Club, Washington State Bar Association (for pro bono work), Washington State Association for Justice, Cub Scout Pack 126, Save Our County’s Kids, the Northwest Intertribal Court System, and the United States Soccer Federation (D coaching license). Also, his organic vegetable garden and landscape have been featured twice on Mason County's Garden Tour.
He has recently been recognized by the Dispute Resolution Center of Thurston County for “his years of outstanding contributions to the success of this agency. During his tenure, Rob has generously shared his enthusiasm, passion, skills, and sense of humor. We particularly acknowledge Rob’s historic and ground-breaking accomplishments to enrich community mediation opportunities in Mason County.”
Mr. Wilson-Hoss is married with three grown children. His wife, Wendy, is retired; she was a first grade teacher and an Occupational Therapist for the Shelton School District. He and Wendy were foster parents for many children. His law practice partner, since 1983, is his younger, smarter brother, Richard Hoss.
Marta has been with Hoss & Wilson- Hoss, LLP since 2008. She assists attorney Robert Wilson-Hoss with Homeowners’ Association litigation, general business and real estate litigation, personal injury, estate planning and probates. Marta came to Hoss & Wilson-Hoss, LLP with an undergraduate degree and over 15 years of paralegal experience primarily for civil litigators in the states of New Mexico and Washington.
Terra joined the staff of Hoss & Wilson-Hoss, LLP in 2007. She assists attorney Robert Wilson-Hoss with homeowner association issues and real estate matters. Terra received her Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies degree from South Puget Sound Community College in 2010. She recently moved to Shelton and purchased her first house.
Maleah has been with Hoss & Wilson- Hoss, LLP since 2015. She provides a wide range of support for our attorneys and paralegals, and in keeping the office running smoothly.