The Minnesota Supreme Court this week ordered the disbarment of an attorney from Blaine and the indefinite suspension of an attorney from Maple Grove for professional misconduct.
The decisions were taken after the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed disciplinary petitions.
Alan Albrecht, of Blaine, was disbarred for engaging in sexual activity with a client, giving legal advice while suspended from practicing law, being paid for unauthorized legal advice and lying during a disciplinary investigation. Since he joined the state bar in 1988, he has been privately admonished 13 times, placed on supervised probation three times, twice suspended and most recently suspended indefinitely for a minimum of two years.
His latest violations included having sex with a client he was representing in a divorce and doing work on a bankruptcy case while suspended. When he was suspended indefinitely, the office sought to send a clear message that repeated misconduct will not be tolerated, the court order said.
The other attorney disciplined was Amanda Koble, of Maple Grove, who was suspended indefinitely. She failed to successfully complete the professional responsibility portion of the state bar exam within a year of a court order when she was previously suspended.
She can apply for reinstatement when she passes the exam.