Local attorney Robert Wilson announced his intention to run for Judge of the 321st District Court in the March 2018 Primary. The seat is currently held by Judge Carole Clark who has informally announced that she does not plan to seek re-election.
A 3rd generation Tylerite, Wilson is a shareholder of the law firm of Wilson, Robertson & Cornelius, P.C. where he has worked since 1998. For the majority of his career, Wilson’s practice has focused primarily on family law, representing people involved in divorce, child custody and child support matters as well as modification and adoption proceedings. Prior to joining the law firm, he was a law clerk for Judge William Steger from 1996-98. Wilson is a graduate of Robert E. Lee High School, Washington & Lee University and the Texas Tech School of Law.
Wilson has served on several community boards in leadership roles including Boys & Girls Club, President,2002; Leadership Tyler, President 2001-02; American Red Cross – Smith County Chapter, President, 2005; Smith County Bar Association, President, 2010; UT Tyler Patriots, President, 2016. He also has served on the Board of Children’s Advocacy Center of Smith County and the Strutter Organization. He is currently the Cubmaster of his son’s Cub Scout pack, Pack 333.
Wilson was recently honored by the Smith County Bar Association with the 2017 Award of Excellence. In addition, he was named Volunteer Attorney of the Year in 2016 by the Smith County Bar Foundation and Smith County’s Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2007 by the Smith County Young Lawyer’s Association.
Upon announcing, Wilson explained, “I am running because I grew up in a family where public service was a priority. My grandfather, Murph Wilson set an example of service to the community, serving as Tyler’s Mayor and working on numerous community boards. I want to continue his legacy. It is through the support of this community that I have built a successful law practice and I hope to now serve the people of this community as a Judge of this court.”
Members of Wilson’s Steering Committee include Megan and Greg Adcock, Jennifer and Charlie Ainsworth, Jill and Jon Alexander, Jackie and Frank Barnette , Barbara and Billy Bass, Stacey and Brad Bays, Christina and Garnett Brookshire, Debbie and Joe Carlyle, Kim and Bill Cornelius, Shannon and Deron Dacus, Michelle and David Dial, Kelly and Kevin Eltife, Mary Lauren and Bruce Faulkner, Laurie Ann and Stan Frank, Debby and Eric Gunter, Patricia and Clark Hampe, Cassie and Clark Hampe, Laura and Kelly Lea, Lisa and Michael Lujan, Kathleen and Colin Maloney, Diane and Sam Mezayek, Allison and Mark Moore, Carrie and Chris Moore, Leigh and Gregg Porter, Deborah and Mark Race, Becky and Jim Robertson, Connie and Tom Seale, Wendy and Jim Vandeventer , Stacy and Kenney Walker, Patrick Willis and Flora Wilson.
Wilson and his wife of 17 years, Laura, are parents of 2 children; Emily and Luke, and they attend Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.