Joseph T. Monahan, MSW, ACSW, JD, is the founder of Monahan Law Group, LLC and one of the preeminent mental health law attorneys in Illinois. 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 levels of administrative and judicial proceedings.
Mr. Monahan has tried countless guardianship, mental health, and child welfare cases over the past 34 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. He currently serves as President of the Board of Directors of the NASW Risk Retention Group, the malpractice insurance company for social workers, and has been an active member of NASW for decades.
Financial: Joseph Monahan receives compensation as co-founder and partner with Monahan Law Group, LLC, and as adjunct professor of law from Loyola University College of Law Health Care Institute. He receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.
Non-financial: Joseph Monahan is a member of the Chicago, Illinois, and the American Bar Association. He is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers.