Founder of Monahan Law Group, LLC
Joseph Monahan, JD, MSW, ACSW
Joseph T. Monahan is the founder of Monahan Law Group, LLC, and one of Illinois's preeminent mental health law attorneys. Under Mr. Monahan's direction, Monahan Law Group, LLC provides legal services to over 80 hospitals and numerous mental health clinics, child welfare agencies, and social service agencies. In addition to professional clients, the firm also represents individuals at all administrative and judicial proceedings levels.
Mr. Monahan has tried countless guardianship, mental health, and child welfare cases over the past 36 years. From confidentiality of mental health records to same-sex adoption, Mr. Monahan has successfully argued cases at every level of the Illinois court system, including the Illinois Supreme Court. He has been appointed by the court to represent persons with disabilities in complex or extraordinary mental health cases. His background as a social worker makes him acutely aware of the legal issues that impact social service professionals and the people they serve. Joe is the Past President of the NASW Risk Retention Group Board of Directors, the malpractice insurance company for social workers, and has been an active member of NASW for decades. Joe continues to serve on the NASW Risk Retention Group Executive Committee.
Mr. Monahan has been an engaging member of the legal community throughout his career and has played an integral role in developing important policies and legislation to assist individuals with disabilities and those involved in their care. As a recognized leader in his field, he is frequently invited to teach courses and provide training to law students, attorneys, medical and mental health professionals, and family members.
Mr. Monahan is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he has taught mental health law for over 28 years. He has also taught at Northwestern University School of Law. Mr. Monahan has repeatedly served as Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Mental Health Law Section Council. Throughout his longstanding career, he has been appointed to numerous other leadership positions in state and local not-for-profit groups.
Mr. Monahan is a steadfast advocate for persons with disabilities, their families, and the professionals who serve them. He cares deeply about each of his clients and strives to represent them with principled advocacy and practical legal advice.