John Albanese


John Albanese is an Associate in the Minneapolis office. Mr. Albanese concentrates his practice on consumer protection with a focus on Fair Credit Reporting Act violations related to criminal background checks. Mr. Albanese has also prosecuted class actions related to illegal online lending, unfair debt collection, privacy breaches, and other consumer law issues.

E. Michelle Drake

Executive Shareholder

E. Michelle Drake is a Executive Shareholder in the Firm’s Minneapolis office. With career settlements and verdicts valued at more than $150 million, Michelle has had great success in a wide variety of cases.

Joe Hashmall

Senior Counsel

Joe Hashmall, Senior Counsel, is a member of the Firm’s Consumer Protection practice group. In that practice group, Mr. Hashmall primarily focuses on consumer class actions concerning financial and credit reporting practices.

Ariana B. Kiener


Ariana B. Kiener is an Associate in the Firm’s Minneapolis office and practices in the Firm’s Consumer Protection group, where she works primarily on class actions. Ari represents consumers in a wide range of cases, but focuses her practice on representing consumers who have been harmed by inaccurate background checks and credit reports.

Hans Lodge

Senior Counsel

Hans Lodge is a zealous advocate and is dedicated to protecting the rights of consumers in and out of court. Hans assists consumers who have been denied jobs or housing due to inaccurate criminal history information reporting in their employment/tenant background check reports.

Ivy L. Marsnik


Ivy L. Marsnik is a litigation attorney based out of the Firm’s Minneapolis office where she focuses her current practice on representing individuals who have been harmed by violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Prior to joining Berger Montague, Ms. Marsnik worked on behalf of individual plaintiffs at a premier employment and civil rights […]

Sophia Rios


Sophia Rios is an associate in the Firm’s San Diego office and practices in the Consumer Protection and Antitrust practice groups.

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