John Albanese

Biography

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.  Mr. Albanese is regularly invited to speak on consumer law and litigation issues. Mr. Albanese has obtained favorable decisions for consumers in state and federal courts all over the country. He also frequently represents consumer advocacy groups as amici curiae at the appellate level.

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.

Business and Community Leadership

Speaking engagements:

  • “Ready, Set, Go!” 2019 NACA Fair Credit Reporting Act Conference, Long Beach, CA, May  2019
  • “Recent Trends and Hot Topics in FCRA Litigation,” Presenter, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, MN, January 2019
  • “Practical Implications Post-Spokeo,” Class Action Symposium, Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, National Consumer Law Center, Denver, CO, October 2018.
  • “Article III Standing in a Post-Spokeo World,” Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, National Consumer Law Center, Denver, CO, October 2018.
  • “Obsolescence Claims and Background Checks,” Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, National Consumer Law Center, Denver, CO, October 2018.
  • “FCRA Litigation Development: Spokeo Update,” Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, National Consumer Law Center, Washington, D.C., November 2017
  • “Proving Willfulness”, 2017 NACA Fair Credit Reporting Act Conference, Baltimore, MD, April 2017
  • “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: 2017-2019


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 (voluntarily inactive)

Admitted –U.S. Supreme Court


Admitted – Minneapolis Supreme Court


Admitted –Illinois Supreme Court


Admitted – Central District of Illinois

Admitted – District of Minnesota

Admitted – Eastern District of Michigan


Admitted – Western District of Michigan


Admitted – District of Nebraska

Admitted – Western District of New York

Admitted – Eastern District of Wisconsin

Admitted – Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals


Admitted – Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals


Clerkships

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


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