JOSEPH T. MONAHAN is the co-founder of the firm and an adjunct professor of law at
Mr. Monahan Served as court-appointed "next friend" for wards in the care of the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in a federal class action lawsuit entitled B.H. v. Johnson. In September, 1991, Mr. Monahan was appointed by the federal court in the same case to serve as the co-manager of a Rule 706 panel of experts who were ordered to conduct an investigation of DCFS and report its findings to the court. The findings of the report served as the blueprint for the consent decree entered in the case and was used to initiate statewide reforms within DCFS. The changes resulted in huge increases in the appropriation to the Department, enabling it to hire many new workers to provide services for children and families in
Mr. Monahan has represented hundreds of clients in adult guardianship proceedings in the Probate Court in Cook,
In June of 2011, Mr. Monahan was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States in a ceremony held in Washington D.C. Mr. Monahan was part of a group of 45 Illinois lawyers organized by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). The Honorable John G. Roberts, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, issued the oath to the lawyers while all of the justices were seated during the court's regular session.
Mr. Monahan has lectured extensively on the legal issues concerning guardianship and mental health and is often invited to speak to professional, lay and lawyers groups concerning these topics. He represents hospitals, social service agencies and individual clients, providing legal services on guardianship, mental health, risk management, confidentiality, disability and related issues. Mr. Monahan is regularly appointed to represent persons with disabilities in complex or extraordinary mental health cases and has been an active participant in various legislative efforts concerning changes in the Mental Health Code, the Probate Act, and other related legislative efforts. In 2002, Mr. Monahan was appointed the ISBA representative on the Senate's Committee to revise the Mental Health Code. He is a member and past chair of the Mental Health Law Committee of the