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Joseph T. Monahan ACSW, MSW, JD, is the founder of the Monahan Law Group, LLC, in Chicago. He is well known for his work in mental health, guardianship, probate law, and health care law.


Mr. Monahan is an adjunct professor of law at Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he teaches Mental Health Law and Children’s Mental Health Law. He also taught Psychiatry and Law at Northwestern Law School for three years. He received his law degree from DePaul University College of Law and his Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees in Social Work from the University of Illinois in Champaign.


Mr. Monahan is a member of the Chicago, Illinois, and American Bar Associations; National Association of Elder Law Attorneys; National Association of Counsel for Children; and National Association of Social Workers (NASW). He served on the National Board of the NASW for three years and currently serves as president of NASW’s Risk Retention Group.


Mr. Monahan has successfully litigated placement issues and cases alleging abuse or neglect on behalf of adults and children; cases on behalf of juveniles in disputes with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; and special education matters in the public schools. He litigated the first same-sex adoption case in Illinois and has argued cases in the Appellate Court and the Illinois Supreme Court.


The Monahan Law Group, LLC, provides legal representation and advocacy to over 75 hospitals located throughout Illinois, numerous outpatient mental health clinics and child welfare agencies, and represents social workers, counselors, psychologists and medical doctors before the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.


Speaker Disclosures:

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.