The Minnesota Supreme Court has disbarred Brooklyn Center attorney Alan J. Albrecht.
Albrecht was accused of several ethical violations, including having sex with a client, providing legal advice while suspended from practice, accepting payment for that advice, lying to the Director of the Minnesota Lawyers Professional Responsibility Board and failing to cooperate with the investigation into allegations of his wrongdoing.
Albrecht was disciplined 13 times between 1993 and 2011, resulting in three supervised probations, three suspensions and one public reprimand.
Albrecht was accused of engaging in a sexual relationship with a client he represented in a marriage dissolution, child-custody dispute and driving while impaired cases. Albrecht allegedly knew that the client abused alcohol and had attempted suicide. After the client ended the affair, Albrecht allegedly pressured her for sexual favors every time she went to his office seeking legal advice.
Albrecht also was accused of offering advice to a client of a firm where he was working as a paralegal. Albrecht, the court concluded, harmed the lawyer who ran that firm, Frances Li, because she received a public reprimand for failing to supervise Albrecht.
Albrecht’s disbarment is effective immediately.