Joshua R.I. Cohen, The Student Loan Lawyer, started his legal career in October 2008, when he passed the bar and founded his own firm. Through his law school experience, he had worked for both legal aid and a private firm doing consumer protection work. Once on his own, he continued with consumer protection but quickly began a niche in student loan work. Within nine months of opening his firm, he filed his first-class action against the student loan industry. His practice helps students maneuver the rocky terrain of student loans, including understanding how to get loans out of default, how to obtain affordable payment plans, defending student loan collection lawsuits, bringing affirmative claims for violation of student loan law, and discharging loans through bankruptcy adversary proceedings. In addition to helping borrowers, Josh also helps attorneys. His Student Loan Law Workshop, a 2-day intensive workshop teaching attorneys how to incorporate student loan law into their existing practice, is now in its 11th year. Josh is also the creator of software that helps attorneys better prepare and counsel clients regarding their student loans, found at www.studentloantoolbox.net. He’s been a speaker at the National Consumer Law Center’s Consumer Rights Litigation Conference and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorney’s national conference. He also frequently appears for CLE’s for Bar Associations. Josh was born and raised on Long Island and has lived up and down the East Coast before finally settling down in Vermont, where he’s been since 2012. He holds a BA in Psychology from Brandeis University, an MBA, and a JD from Quinnipiac University School of Law. He has three children and is an avid skier, glamper, and model builder.