Joslin Monahan

Contact Information:



  • University of Maryland Law School, Juris Doctor, 2007
    • Law and Health Care Certificate
    • Phi Delta Phi
    • Member, Journal of Health Care Law and Policy
    • Visiting Student, University of Montana School of Law, Spring 2007
  • University of Montana, Master of Arts in Philosophy, 2003
    • Full scholarship and teaching assistantship
  • Hope College, Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, summa cum laude, 2000
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Hope College Presidential Scholarship


Margaret Schau
(616) 254-8415

Bar Admissions:

  • Michigan
  • Montana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Montana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Montana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • Ninth Circuit Bankruptcy Appellate Panel


  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Litigation, Marijuana Law, and Real Property Law Sections
  • State Bar of Montana
  • American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan
    • Chair, Western Branch
    • Member, Lawyers Committee, Western Branch

An associate in our Grand Rapids office, Joslin Monahan offers a wealth of both private practice and in-house experience in real property transactions, business and corporate law, commercial litigation, bankruptcy, land use, and zoning. Additionally, she is a recognized authority in marijuana law, a burgeoning part of Michigan’s economy.

Joslin spent the first part of her legal career in Montana. There, she handled significant cases including a bankruptcy proceeding involving the 13,600-acre Yellowstone Club in Big Sky and a homeowner association’s appeal to the Montana Supreme Court that clarified developing state law regarding arbitration agreements, along with various real estate deals, licensing transactions, business formations, and corporate governance matters.

After moving home to Michigan, Joslin continued her real property, business, and corporate work while also tallying more impressive litigation victories. She has obtained wins for plaintiffs in Section 1983 civil rights cases, secured a settlement in a complex supply chain dispute against a company known for never resolving before trial, and defended real estate brokers and agents in licensing and disciplinary proceedings.

Joslin’s involvement in cannabis law started early when Michigan’s marijuana laws began to take shape, and it is now roughly half of her practice. She advises business clients across several municipalities, representing them in commercial transactions, state and local licensure issues, and real estate purchase, sale, and leasing agreements.

Besides her commitment to her clients, Joslin is equally dedicated to preserving civil liberties in our country. She proudly serves as the chair of the Western Branch of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and is a member of the organization’s Lawyers Committee.