Amber M. Hildebrandt
Robert A. Woodke
Michael S. Brouse (Retired 6/30/2017)
Brouse, Woodke & Hildebrandt, P.L.L.P.
Robert Woodke represents individuals and small businesses throughout northern Minnesota. He concentrates his law practice in civil litigation, bankruptcy and business matters. Related fields include real estate, probate and transactional matters.
Robert is a member of the GP Solo and Small Firm Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and currently serves on its’ governing council as the Vice Chair. He also serves on the governing council of the Law Practice Management Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association. He was the founding co-editor in chief of the ABA publication Legal Technology and Practice Guide. He was a contributing author to Flying Solo, A Survival Guide for Solo Lawyers 1st ed. and 2d 3ed. as well as to the first and second editions of Trial Practice ABA Publishing. He also Co-authored The Personal Injury Manual by James Publishing. He has authored many articles relating to managing a law practice, trial practice and family law. He is a frequent lecturer for continuing legal education seminars on the topics of technology and practice management issues and has spoken on legal ethics and trial practice and trial presentation skills. Program sponsors include Minnesota Continuing Education, the Minnesota State Bar Association, The Iowa Bar Association, The Connecticut Bar Association, The Indiana Bar Association as well as the General Practice Solo and Small Firm Section of the American Bar Association. Robert may be most often reached at the Bemidji office.
Michael S. Brouse dedicated his law practice to representing the elderly and disabled for more than twenty years. His practice was focused in the area of elder law, with emphasis on Medical Assistance and disability planning, as well as estate planning for small and medium sized estates. Adjunct areas of practice include probate, real estate, small business planning and municipal law as city attorney for Fosston, Minnesota.
Michael was a member of the Elder Law Section of the Minnesota State Bar Association and has served as a member of its Governing Council. He was also a member of its Medical Assistance Committee and was a member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Michael is a founding member of the Medical Assistance Legal Action Group, an association of attorneys formed to address legal issues related to both state Medical Assistance and federal Medicaid legislation. He has been a frequent lecturer on Elder Law issues related to long term care, estate planning and health care directives at various community, educational and professional forums, including those sponsored by Area Board on Aging, Minnesota Continuing Legal Education, Minnesota Legal Services, Anishinabe Legal Services and Minnesota Chippewa Tribe Area Agency on Aging.
Prior to concentrating his practice in the area of Elder Law, Michael conducted a trial oriented general practice and served as Assistant Polk County Attorney. He has also served as board member for First Care Medical Services hospital and School District 601. He graduated suma cum laude in philosophy from the University of Minnesota, Moorhead in 1974 and received his Juris Doctor from the University of North Dakota School of Law in 1977.
Amber M. Hildebrandt is a partner at Brouse, Woodke & Hildebrandt, P.L.L.P. She joined the firm in July 2012. Amber graduated magna cum laude from Bemidji State University with a Bachelor of the Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy. She received her Juris Doctorate with Distinction from the University of North Dakota School of Law, where she was a Burtness Scholar and served as Research Assistant to Professor Gregory Gordon, Treasurer of the Moot Court Board, and Treasurer of the International Human Rights Organization. During her law school tenure, Amber was engaged in preparing and filing an amicus brief on behalf of Holocaust Survivors to the United States Supreme Court in the case of Samantar v. Yousuf. She was also inducted into the national Order of Barristers in 2010.
Prior to joining the firm, Amber was employed by the Minnesota Judicial Branch as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank J. Kundrat and the Honorable Skipper J. Pearson (ret.) in Stearns County. She is licensed to practice law in both Minnesota State Court and in the Federal District of Minnesota. She is a member of the Beltrami County Bar Association, as well as various sections of the Minnesota State Bar Association, including the Elder Law and Real Estate sections. She is also a member of the Medical Assistance Legal Action Group (MALAG), MSBA Medical Assistance Committee, MSBA Elder Law Governing Council (all of which address legal issues related to long term care), and she serves as a board member and Secretary of the Headwaters Estate Planning Council (HEPC). Amber served as President of the 15th District Bar Association from 2014-2015 and 2019-2020. She was selected by Super Lawyers for the Rising Star Award in Elder Law (only 2.5% of attorneys in the state receive this award for excellence in practice) for 2019 and 2020. Amber has also presented at several continuing legal education venues regarding Medical Assistance, including the 2016 and 2019 Elder Law Institutes, and has authored a chapter in the Elder Law Deskbook.
Amber also serves as the Examiner of Title for Beltrami County.