A graduate of New York Law School and Le Moyne College, Joan is an attorney who writes frequently about consumer issues. She is the author of ConsumerAffairs.com's Guide to Small Claims Court and has been published in The Washington Post, Better Homes & Gardens, Entrepreneur, and the American Bar Association Journal, among others. Joan has been a Deputy County Attorney in Nassau County, N.Y., an Assistant District Attorney in New York City and has practiced law in Northern Virginia. She is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia bars and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. Joan asks us to note that she has retired from practicing law to devote more time to her saxophone and no longer accepts new clients. She regrets that she is not able to respond to requests for advice or referrals.