Attorney Profiles

Robert C. Anderson


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Robert C. AndersonAnderson has been practicing law in Marquette for 30 years. He graduated from Georgetown University with a Masters degree in Taxation and received his law degree from the Michigan State University College of Law. He then went on to do extra training with the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA), where he currently serves in an official capacity as a member of its Board of Directors. Anderson then became a Certified Elder Law Attorney through the National Elder Law Foundation (NELF) the only national certifying program for elder law and special needs attorneys. He is licensed in both Michigan and Wisconsin.

According to Anderson, to become a Certified Elder Law Attorney a lawyer must take a bar exam on elder law, prove at least six years of exclusive experience in elder law and disability rights and go through an ethic’s screening. “I was able to do that. There are about 4,500 attorneys in the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and only 350 are certified nationally,” Anderson said. “It’s a small group.”

Bob is a member of NAELA’s Council of Advanced Practitioners (CAP), current President of the Marquette County Bar Association, past Chair of NAELA’s Tax Section, a member of NAELA’s Ethics Committee, a member of the NAELA News Editorial Board, a member of the Elder Law Sections of the State Bars of Michigan and Wisconsin and past Secretary/Treasurer of the Marquette County Michigan Bar Association.

Bob has served on the Marquette County Commission on Aging and the Board of Citizens for Better Care of Michigan, a statewide group advocating for nursing home residents. He has also taught as an adjunct professor of tax law at the Business School of Michigan Technological University.Bob is an award-winning writer, having received NAELA’s John J. Regan writing award in 2009 for his NAELA Journal article Estate Planning with Non-Qualified Annuities – Navigating the Labyrinth.

Scott J. Brogan

scott croppedScott Brogan is a native of Marquette and attended both the Marquette Area Public Schools and Northern Michigan University. He later went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan.

Since then, he has been practicing law in Marquette. Over the last 15 years, Scott has endeavored to learn about all aspects of law so that he can be helpful to his clients. In his words, he “likes representing people.” He has experience in civil litigation, medical malpractice, civil rights, municipal law, employment defense, criminal defense, family law, personal injury, contract and appellate work.

Scott has extensive experience in Elder Law and is a member of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.

Scott has served on the Marquette Area Public School Board and the Marquette Township Zoning Board of Appeals. He enjoys swimming, biking and hiking.

He resides in Marquette with his wife and 3 children.

John E. Yonkers III

john croppedJohn Yonkers earned his undergraduate degree in Public Administration at Ferris State University and his law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Attorney Yonkers worked as a Legal Clerk for the Law Office of John A. McDermott. John focuses his practice in the areas of elder law and estate planning.

As a newcomer to the Upper Peninsula he is looking forward to exploring the surrounding natural beauty and serving the area residents. In his free time he enjoys hiking, biking, cross-country skiing, and fly fishing.