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Monique C. Patton Woody

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Monique C. Patton


Monique Patton Woody is an Associate at Monahan Law Group. Her practice consists of complex litigation, risk management, mental health law and confidentiality, minor guardianships, and appellate practice. Monique also routinely provides advice and counsel to a host of hospitals and social service agencies on juvenile court matters.

Prior to joining the Firm, Monique was an Assistant State's Attorney with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office. She was initially assigned to the Criminal Appeals Division, where she authored approximately two dozen appellate briefs on various criminal law issues, including burden of proof issues, constitutionality of sentencing enhancements for adults and juveniles, prosecutorial misconduct and Fourth Amendment search and seizure matters. On numerous occasions, Monique also successfully presented oral arguments before the First Judicial District of the Appellate Court of Illinois.

After the Criminal Appeals Division, Monique was assigned to the Juvenile Justice Bureau Child Protection Division. While in Child Protection, she skillfully litigated contested abuse and neglect trials involving physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect caused by mental illness, drug and alcohol addiction and inadequate supervision or medical care.

Subsequently, Monique served in the Juvenile Delinquency Division. In this division, Monique gained experience in trial litigation, handling various criminal matters, including, but not limited to, all forms of robbery, vehicular hijackings, illegal possession of firearms, sexual assaults, involuntary manslaughter and murder cases. In addition, she consistently handled evidentiary hearings, including Fourth Amendment violations, proof of other crimes evidence, motions to dismiss and fitness to stand trial.

Monique received her J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan State University College of Law Journal of Medicine and Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Clark Atlanta University.

Practice Areas

  • Litigation
  • Mental Health & Confidentiality
  • Risk Management
  • Health Care Law
  • Guardianship and Probate


  • Michigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
    • J.D.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Moot Court & Trial Advocacy Board
    • Honors: Trustee Scholarship Receipt
    • Honors: Dean’s List
  • Clark Atlanta University, Atlanta, Georgia
    • B.A.
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Academic Honors Program
    • Honors: Provost Scholarship Recipient
    • Honors: Dean’s List

Bar Admission

  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Published Works

Professional Associations

  • The Chicago Bar Association, 2013 – Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association, 2013 – Present
  • Cook County Bar Association, 2013 – Present

Honors and Awards

  • Recipient of the Cook County Bar Association’s Donald Hubert Award, 2022
  • Recipient of the Cook County Bar Association’s Presidential Award, 2022