Hon. Joanne F. Alper (Ret.)

Areas of Experience

Personal injury, product liability, medical malpractice, professional liability, defamation, family law, contracts & general commercial disputes, construction, employment, real estate, and trusts & estates.

Professional Experience

  • Retired Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit Court, Arlington.
  • Former Judge and Chief Judge, Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court, 17th Judicial District, Arlington.
  • Certified Mediator, Supreme Court of Virginia.
  • Former Partner, Associate and Law Clerk, Cohen, Gettings, Alper & Dunham.


  • Past President, Arlington County Bar Association.
  • Former Chair and current Board Member, Arlington County Bar Foundation.
  • Former Member of the Steering Committee and former Chair of the Family Court Committee, Boyd-Graves Conference.
  • Former President, Virginia Chapter, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
  • Former Chair, Family Law Section, Virginia State Bar.
  • Former Member, Bar Council, Virginia State Bar.
  • Former Chair, Task Force on Judicial Functions, Commission on Virginia Courts in the 21st Century.
  • Former Member, Virginia Committee on District Courts.
  • Former Member, Judicial Council of Virginia.
  • Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Syracuse University.
  • Listed as a “Top Lawyer” for Mediation in Washington DC, Washingtonian, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2018.
  • Listed as “Legal Elite” in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Virginia Business, 2013 and 2015.


  • George Washington University Law School, J.D.
  • Syracuse University, B.A.

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