Education & Early Career
Daniel J. Hess is the Founding Partner of Hess Law Office, PLLC. He grew up in Walla Walla, Washington and graduated from Walla Walla High School (WA-HI) in 1968. After WA-HI, Dan went to college at Seattle Pacific College, graduating with honors in 1972 with a B.A. in Chemistry. At Seattle Pacific, Dan met his wife Kathie. Dan and Kathie have three adult children – Jennifer (Office Manager and Case Manager at Hess Law Office, PLLC), Peter (Dan's partner at Hess Law Office, PLLC), and Jamie. Kathie recently retired from years of service at the firm, but she can still be found at the office quite often.
After graduating from Seattle Pacific, Dan earned a Master's Degree in Psychology at the University of Miami in 1974. He then worked as the Director of Residential Programs at Shangri-La Corp., a facility for the mentally handicapped, before enrolling at Willamette University College of Law. Dan graduated from Willamette cum laude (in the top 10% of his class) in 1981. While at Willamette, Dan worked as a Law Clerk for Dye & Olsen in Salem, Oregon and William M. Tugman, Attorney at Law, in Walla Walla, Washington. Dan joined Mr. Tugman after graduation from law school and they formed the partnership of Tugman & Hess in Walla Walla.
Founding the Firm
After his stint at Tugman & Hess, Dan joined the Walla Walla law firm of Minnick-Hayner, Attorneys at Law, PS, as a partner. He focused his practice primarily on representing injured people and, in 1998, Dan founded Hess Law Office, PLLC – focusing exclusively on injury claims against insurance companies and their lawyers. His son, Peter, joined the firm in 2007 and became his partner in 2012. Dan is admitted to practice law in Washington and Oregon.
Professional Memberships & Personal Life
Dan has dedicated his life to the well-being of others both professionally and as a volunteer. He has served as a Volunteer Board Member for the following organizations: Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (now Washington State Association for Justice), the Walla Walla School Board (President 1989-1990), Walla Walla Mental Health Center (serving as Treasurer), Goodwill Industries of Walla Walla, and College Place Presbyterian Church. In 2014, the Walla Walla School District honored Dan as a Graduate of Distinction, in recognition of his professional accomplishments as well as his service to the Walla Walla community.