On Thursday, February 29, 2024, the Minnesota Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a Petition for Disciplinary Action against attorney Anders L. Odegaard before the Minnesota Supreme Court. The petition alleges that Odegaard committed unprofessional conduct warranting public discipline.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Andres L. Odegaard.”

Odegaard was suspended from practice in August 2023 due to failure to pay registration fees. He was previously the respondent in a related prior petition that was later withdrawn.

The petition charges Odegaard with one count of misconduct. On December 22nd, 2023, Odegaard pled guilty to a felony charge of second-degree murder without intent. This offense is covered under Rule 10(c) of the Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility.

The felony charge stems from an incident on August 23rd, 2022. On this date, Odegaard was in his home in Warren, Minnesota with his children during a parenting time visit. His ex-wife, Carissa Odegaard, came to the home. Odegaard is pleading guilty to assaulting and killing his ex-wife.

If the matter went to trial, prosecutors said they would present evidence that Odegaard assaulted Carissa, which caused their children to flee the home in fear. The children flagged down a passing motorist for help and said their mother was hurt or dead inside the home. When police arrived, they found Odegaard in the kitchen with blood on his person. He reportedly made statements to police when questioned. Carissa was discovered deceased with signs of trauma.

The petition alleges Odegaard’s conduct violated the Rules of Professional Conduct. It requests the court disbar Odegaard or impose other appropriate discipline. A presentence investigation was ordered along with other reports. Sentencing is scheduled for August 15th, 2024. The Supreme Court will consider what discipline, if any, is warranted given Odegaard’s felony conviction.

The Disposition states that:

“THEREFORE, the Director respectfully prays for an order of this Court disbarring respondent or imposing otherwise appropriate discipline, awarding costs and disbursements pursuant to the Rules on Lawyers Professional Responsibility, and for such other, further or different relief as may be just and proper.”

According to Avvo, Mr. Odegaard is an attorney in Warren, Minnesota. He attended the University of North Dakota School of Law. He acquired his law license in Minnesota in 2017.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.