The Lawyer

Dr. Aylward, Guest lecture, Queens University 2014

I am a lawyer with expertise at trial and appellate levels. I started my own divorce firm in 2004. Recently, I added family-based immigration to my services. Before starting my own firm, I worked for a 500-lawyer Katten Muchin Rosenmann, LLP in Charlotte, North Carolina and at the New York office of the 800-lawyer Sullivan & Cromwell. I regularly teach CLEs for other lawyers, have appeared as a guest lecturer at Queens Univerity. My law degreee is from a first tier law school.


University of Virginia, J.D. 2001

University of Chicago, Ph.D. 1999 (dissertation It’s a Crime to Punish a Crime)

University of Chicago, M.A. 1995

Awards and Distinctions

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Martindale-Hubbelle Client Distinction Award 2013, 2014

John M. Olin Law and Economics fellow (1999-2001)

John Olin graduating class—best law&economics paper (on antitrust, 2001)

Virginia Law Review, editorial board (1999-2001)

Martindale Peer-Review and Client Ratings

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Presentations, Teaching, Television

Taught attorneys (Continuing Legal Education):

  • Divorce 101 (2004, 2010, Mecklenburg County Bar)
  • Alienation of Affections (2004, Mecklenburg County Bar)
  • If You Fight the Prince, Kill the Prince: Expert Evidence and Daubert Considerations in Family Law (2004, Mecklenburg County Bar)
  • Why bother with appeals? (2014, Mecklenburg County Bar, ethics credit)
  • Top ten things about Appeals (2015, North Carolina State Bar TV, general credit)

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PBS (formerly CPCC) interview (Charlotte—International Success Series)

McColl School of Business, guest lecturer

Speaker at philosophy and literature symposiums:

  • University of Chicago (1995)
  • University of Virginia (1995)
  • University of Madison-Wisconsin (1995)


North Carolina (2003)

New York (2002)

Federal Court for the Middle and Western District