John Albanese

Biography

John Albanese is an associate in the Firm’s Minneapolis office. Mr. Albanese concentrates his practice on consumer protection issues with a focus on Fair Credit Reporting Act violations related to criminal background checks. Mr. Albanese has also prosecuted class and collective actions for unfair lending practices, unfair debt collection, wage and hour violations, and violations of ERISA.

Mr. Albanese is a graduate of Columbia Law School and Georgetown University. At Columbia, he was a managing editor of the Columbia Law Review, and was elected to speak at graduation by his classmates. Mr. Albanese clerked for Magistrate Judge Geraldine Brown in the Northern District of Illinois. Prior to joining Berger & Montague, Mr. Albanese was an attorney at a firm in Minneapolis representing consumers and employees in consumer protection and wage and hour cases.

Mr. Albanese volunteers with Mid Minnesota Legal Aid’s housing expungement clinic representing former tenants seeking to expunge evictions. He also frequently volunteers at Second Chance Saturdays, a monthly criminal expungement clinic.

Business and Community Leadership

Speaking engagements:

  • “Spokeo in FDCPA and TCPA Cases,” Presenter, Fair Debt Collection Practices Conference, Sheraton Hotel New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, March 2017

Credentials

Education:

Law School

Columbia Law School, J.D.

Undergraduate

Georgetown University, B.A.

Honors & Awards:

Super Lawyers Rising Star: 2017-2018


Publications

“Who is Safe under Safeco? Willfulness Under the Fair Credit Reporting Act,” Minnesota State Bar Association Consumer Litigation Newsletter, October 2014


Admissions

Member- Minnesota Bar

Member- Illinois Bar


Admitted- Illinois Supreme Court

Admitted – Minneapolis Supreme Court

Admitted – District of Minnesota

Admitted – Eastern District of Michigan

Admitted – Western District of New York

Admitted – Eastern District of Wisconsin

Admitted – Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


Clerkships

Hon. Geraldine Soat Brown, Magistrate Judge, Northern District of Illinois


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