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Paula A. Aylward

Appeals Attorney at Marshall, MI

5.0   28 reviews

also known as Allegiant Legal, PC

  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 23 years
    Texas - TX 25 years
    New York - NY 33 years
    Massachusetts - MA 34 years
  • Licensed for 23 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2000
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 25 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1998
    Inactive No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State NY
    Acquired 1990
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 34 years
    State MA
    Acquired 1989
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Paula

Learn Paula’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Appeals
    Child welfare, administrative agency, family, civil appeals to the state and federal courts. Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect expunctions; foster care and day care licensing appeals; administrative agency appeals.

    21 years

  2. Child abuse

  3. Adoption

  4. Family
    Child custody, child support, spousal support, appeals. Child welfare law representation in trial and appellate courts. Adoption representation.

    16 years

I have been an attorney for more than 30 years, starting out my career as an Assistant District (Prosecuting) Attorney in Brooklyn, New York, where I handled child abuse and sex crimes cases. I've been licensed and practicing in Michigan for more than 20 years, with a focus on child welfare and family law matters. I handle cases in administrative agency proceedings, in the Family and Circuit Courts, and on appeal to Michigan's Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. I have successfully represented parents, children, foster parents, grandparents and other relatives of children, in Child Protective (abuse/neglect) proceedings, and in adoption, guardianship, custody, divorce, and related matters, as well as having been very successful in helping individuals obtain expunction from Michigan's Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect.

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Contact Paula

Allegiant Legal PC
P.O. Box 516
124 W. Michigan Ave., 2d floor
Marshall, MI, 49068


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  28 customer reviews
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Posted by KATHIE AND PHIL | May 29, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
If you have a child or grandchild who needs a QUALIFIED ADVOCATE, Paula Aylward is the one. Paula helped us come to the aid of our granddaughter during one of the most challenging times of our lives. She is an EXPERT IN THE FIELD of FAMILY LAW and CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES. Paula is COMPETENT, CARING, COMPASSIONATE and extremely KNOWLEDGEABLE. She has EXCELLENT COMMUNICATION SKILLS (verbal and written). SHE IS RESPONSIVE AND CONSCIENTIOUS. Paula knows the law and is willing and able to take on government bureaucrats to pursue justice. She is a no-nonsense attorney who perseveres. In our view, Paula Aylward is the #1 SUPER LAWYER. WE RECOMMEND PAULA WITHOUT RESERVATION!
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Posted by DM | April 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
CPS Expunction
I hired Paula Aylward to expunge a CPS record from 17 years ago. She did an amazing job of gathering all the facts, reviewing changes in the law, and reviewing errors made by CPS. She kept me informed at all times. She was able to get this off my record so I can proceed with my career and life without his hanging over my head. Thank you!
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Posted by Carol | January 13, 2022
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
A Godsend !!
Paula is a wonderful resource and so knowledgeable about child laws. She helped us with a recent case and I would highly recommend her! Her expertise in this field is just what you need if you are seeking an attorney who knows about child welfare in every facet.
Posted by LaToya | September 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Five Star--Attorney Paula Aylward, "She Wins Cases"
I highly recommend Attorney Aylward for the following reasons: She is a great lawyer, straightforward, empathic to her client's situations, and a genius in the State of Michigan Protective Services and Family Law. I felt hope when I observed Attorney Aylward fighting for me in the most challenging situations. In every case Attorney Aylward fought strategically before the local courts up to the highest court in the State of Michigan. Attorney Aylward saved my freedom and livelihood by exposing public corruption and the abuse of authority by government-mandated officials. I cannot even express my gratitude enough because this woman saved my life by giving me hope. I trust everything she does, and I am entirely content with her ability to honor her oath and defend her clients in the court of law. I love and appreciate you, Attorney Aylward!
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Posted by Laurel | May 24, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Amazingly helpful!
Paula was recommended to me by another attorney because of her specialty in removing people from the central registry. She was so communicative and helpful, editing and sending back my expunction request letter more than once trying to get it perfect. I was placed on the registry for failing to report an incident that had already been reported, which Paula agreed was unfair and did everything she could to have my name removed - successfully! I’ll absolutely call her again by if I ever find myself, or anyone else I know, in a similar situation or anything that she specializes in. I 100% recommend her services, she’s amazing!
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Posted by Jennifer J | July 30, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Hiring Paula is the best decision I ever made!!!
My name had been put on the Central Registry for abuse and neglect basically over having a dirty house. The ramifications of this meant I couldn't work with kids, which is what my degree is in. I tried to have my name expunged, but the state people fed me some false information and my expungement was dismissed. I contacted Paula and she was able to see that I clearly didn't belong on the list and she knew exactly what needed to be done to have my name removed. She was upfront with me about what could possibly happen, and also with what she thought most likely. She was available any time I had any concerns. The day she called to tell me my name was being expunged, without having to go back to court, I think she was almost as happy as I was! I highly recommend her and will definitely be calling her if I ever run into any issues that fall under her purview again.
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Posted by anonymous | October 24, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
"Simply the Best"
I was going through a very bad divorce and I was wrongly accused of some very serious accusations from my ex. I had lost my marriage, my home, my child and my job. You see, I am a teacher. And the parent of an amazing child! Paula was recommended to me and I consulted with her. She told me approximately how long this would take, what she needed from me and what she would be able to do. It was a process and I had to be patient. I needed to have my case expunged from the central registry fairly quick so I could obtain employment as an educator. She knew what to do, who to contact and dug deep. She kept in regular contact via phone, email or both to update me on my case. She was able to prove my case in my favor, the accusations were unfounded. She let me know that I would be expunged from the central registry and I should be getting a copy for my records. I could not have been happier with the results and her ability to work in my favor. Her services don't come cheap, but you get what you pay for. She would found ways to cut expenses and was willing to work with my budget. I would recommend her without a doubt! I put all my faith into her and she did not disappoint.
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Posted by Kristin | August 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
She’s phenomenal!!!!
Paula is an amazing attorney! We received her name by chance from a friend. We met with her and gave her the details of our case. The rest of her work was done behind the scenes. She was in constant contact with with the prosecutor and our children’s attorney. She provided all of the legal info necessary to support our desired outcome. It was a long drawn out process and the end result was victory! I can’t say enough good things about Paula! We HIGHLY recommend her! She is worth every penny!!!
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Posted by anonymous | August 23, 2019
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Adoption Lawyer
Paula was amazing as we were adopting two foster children, one of which had Indian heritage, so therefore ICWA was involved. Not only did Paula prove the children were best suited to stay in our home, but she provided much needed information to the assistant prosecuting attorney, the judge on the case and others that were instrumental in the decision that the children could be adopted by us. She is an amazing lawyer that we would recommend to everyone!!!
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Posted by anonymous | November 28, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Attorney For A Central Registry Removal Expungement
I will first start off saying my experience with attorneys has not been favorable. I’ve hired attorneys to handle issues within my business and I’ve had the worse possible outcomes and experiences. I was very leery to hire another although I knew I likely would not have received a favorable outcome without an attorney. When your middle class or poor your a victim of the system without the financial means to fight back. I hired Attorney Paula Aylward to contact DHHS for a phone conference meeting to request expungement from the Central Registry. Paula was very fair to work within my financial constraints. Paula was professional, polite, timely and excellent with details. She emailed me and responded immediately to my emails. She kept me updated on the status of my case and what she needed from me. She wholeheartedly believed I was unjustly put on registry and fought to get me off. Paula did an amazing job and the outcome on my expungement was granted. Paula even followed up with confirmation that I would get mailed an official copy that my name would be removed. She did excellent and I have absolutely no doubts she used all legal persuasion to relay the facts of my case to DHHS administrators to show why the current accusations were incorrect and why my name shouldn’t have been put on the registry to begin with. Paula is very well experienced and very knowledgeable. I am so happy I hired her and I received the outcome I had hoped for. I highly recommend her services especially If you have any type of family law, CPS, Central Registry, DHHS or similar legal issue. You can feel confident you are not just a file Paula will work hard to get you the best possible outcome and she will fully invest in your case. Thank you Job well done!
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Posted by Kara | May 30, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Competent and Caring
Paula represented me in an appeal last year. There are truly so many positive things I could share about Paula's representation for my challenging case, but I'll highlight a few of the most important. For starters Paula agreed to take my case despite the time constraints; deadlines she had to work within. When I met her for the first time, along with my son, I felt cared about. She listened to my story with sensitivity and compassion. Further more, each time we communicated about my case I felt at peace. Paula was timely, very thorough familiarizing with my sizable case/documents; and competent with her argument before the apellet court. I have emense appreciation for Paula.
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Posted by Dee | April 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
One of the best
This review is way overdue. Better than 5 years ago now i contacted paula aylward in regards to a foster child that was in my care. He had been in my care since 2 month of age and he was now going on 5. He had been returned to bio mom several times and each time came back to me more abused, damaged and neglected then before. Mrs Aylward had agreed to meet with me, after i finished my story of this little boy i desperately looked for advise on how i could fight for him while the "system" did not. Not only did she take my case and helped me petition the courts and present my case she also presented such emotional support. I always felt like she was in my corner, guiding me thru the judicial system. Unfortunately my little boy was returned to his bio mom, it was not from lack of trying on my part or Paulas part, i can honestly sleep at night knowing i did everything i could to protect him, no regret. I have sinced moved out of state and no longer foster children. Last i heard of my little boy he had been taken away from his bio mom for child endangerment. I will always be grateful to Paula, not just for her legal services but the emotional support, caring attitude, and genuine concern she gave my case.
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Posted by Linda | April 24, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Thank You from the bottom of our hearts
We hired Paula on a guardianship-custody case, she is awesome. She cares she is understanding. Paula takes the time to always be available and to listen to what you are telling her and she investigates like crazy to make sure not only does she have all the information but you do too. We could not have asked for anyone better and will refer her to anyone and everyone we possibly can. We can not thank her enough for all the effort she put into our case and the things she has done for our family.
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Posted by anonymous | April 19, 2018
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Expungement from Central Registry
We hired Attorney Paula Aylward to write a letter to the DHHS to request expungement from the Central Registry. Paula was professional, polite, timely and excellent with details. She emailed us and called us to update us on what she needed from us, and what she was working on. She is an excellent communicator. She was available when we had phone appointments set up for a specific time. Promptly replying to emails. She did excellent work summating the information we had provided. She used multiple resources like other books, studies, cases to show why the current accusations were incorrect and what is permissible by state law. She is very well experienced and very knowledgeable. We are so happy we hired her and we highly recommend her services.
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Posted by Mike | March 8, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You Must Hire Her To Fight For You
Paula was worth every penny to do the job I hired her to do. In the last five months she got every record possible to make my case possible to be a win for me. She is very personal and professional. I would totally recommend her for your case. Thanks Paula for everything you did for me. You are Awesome!!
Posted by Nene | February 19, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
She won my unbeatable case
I hired a lawyer previous to Mrs. Aylward and I lost. I had been abused twice by a system that was flawed when it comes to falsely and unfairly being put on the central registry. I am a domestic violence survivor that Mrs. Alyward never gave up on and a new start to a broken life. If you’re looking for an honest and hard working lawyer look no further. She’s not just a lawyer she’s a great person.
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Posted by Clover | November 21, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
The best attorney possible
We could not have asked for a better, more knowledgable or professional attorney than Paula. She always acted on our behalf in a reasonable and dignfied manner. We are truly grateful for her legal expertise and care.
Posted by anonymous | November 11, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Paula is the best lawyer you can find!!!
I am so glad I found Paula. She was so professional and knowledgeable of my case and was right on target with the way to handle it. As far as I'm concerned she went above and beyond, always caring and always there when I needed her, I never felt like she wasn't doing everything she could for me. Her advice was invaluable to me. If anyone asks me to recommend a lawyer Paula will be the one that I recommend I am forever in her debt!!
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Posted by Jim | September 8, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Superior representation
Paula Aylward took my case regarding a central registry issue with the utmost concern and urgency. She proved to be a lawyer that was professional and yet caring. I was impressed with her attention to detail and her sharp mind. She was thorough in her preparation and put together strong and persuasive arguments that brought me the desired outcome in my case. It was comforting to know that she was experienced and could navigate me through this difficult issue. I also felt she was fair in the way she charged for her time. I have already recommended her to friends and would highly recommend Paula Aylward to anyone needing superior representation.
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Posted by Brenda | June 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Paula is an expert on central registry issues.
I don't know what I would have done or what my life would be like now if I hadn't found Paula to assist me with removing my name from the central registry in Michigan. I would recommend her highly to anyone who needs help with navigating through what can be a very intimidating and daunting process. I really can't thank her enough.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 275-295 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • President/Owner
  • Allegiant Legal, PC
  • 2006 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Levine & Levine
  • 2000 - 2006
  • Attorney
  • McLanahan & Clearman
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Attorney
  • Fay, Flynn & Fay
  • 1995 - 1996
  • Assistant District Attorney
  • Brooklyn/Queens, New York District Attorneys Offices
  • 1989 - 1994
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  • Western Michigan University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2012
  • Suffolk University Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Boston College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1985

Legal Cases

  • Ayotte v Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 326 Mich App 483 (2018)
  • Prevailed on Appeal to the Michigan Court of Appeals


  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
  • Structured Decision Making Risk/Safety Assessments workgroup
  • 2021 - Present
  • Governor's Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Task Force member
  • 2020 - Present
  • National Association of Counsel for Children
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
  • Associate Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Family Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Appellate Practice Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Children's Law Section
  • Member and Amicus Committee member
  • 2014 - Present
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • 1998 - Present
  • State Bar of Massachusetts
  • 1989 - Present
  • Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, CPS Program Office
  • Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect workgroup
  • 2017 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • Parent Attorney of the Year
  • Foster Care Review Board
  • 2014
  • Women in the Law awardee
  • Michigan Lawyer's Weekly
  • 2014
  • A Lawyer Helps award
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • 2013
  • Community Service Award
  • Young Israel of Queens Valley
  • 1995
  • Constitutional Law and Criminal Procedure
  • American Jurisprudence
  • N/A
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  • Inter-Com (Michigan Probate Judges Association)
  • Title IV-E Updates
  • 2020
  • State Bar of Michigan Bar Journal
  • Temporal Limitations of the Relative Placement Preference
  • 2019
  • Inter-Com (Michigan Probate Judges Association publication)
  • Walking the Title IV-E Tightrope: A Guide to Securing Federal Funding for out of home placements and to appealing denials of Federal funding
  • 2013
  • The Central Registry: Michigan's Secret Life Sentence
  • 2012
  • The Danger of Waiving Your Right to Modify Spousal Support
  • 2012
  • Retroactive Application of Michigan's Revocation of Paternity Act
  • 2012
  • ABA Dispute Resolution Magazine
  • Integrity Meets Integrity: Using ombuds to comply with the Sarbanes-Oxley Act
  • 2005
  • Western Michigan University Center for the Study of Ethics in Society
  • The Ethics of Apology and The Role of Ombuds
  • 2004
  • Therapeutic Jurisprudence seminar
  • Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Ombudsman
  • 2001
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Speaking Engagements

  • Michigan Association of Treatment Court Professionals annual conference
  • Title IV-E federal foster care funding appeals
  • 2019
  • Michigan Probate Judges Association, annual meeting
  • Title IV-E federal foster care funding appeals
  • 2018
  • Childrens' Protective Services Advisory Committee
  • Preponderance of the evidence standard in CPS investigations
  • 2018
  • Queens County Criminal Bar Association seminar
  • Vulnerable Child Witnesses
  • 1994
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (3)
Endorse Paula
Family Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Other
"I heartily endorse Paula Aylward. I called Paula for a consult on a foster parent license-revocation hearing. Her expertise in the field was invaluable."
Family Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paula Aylward is an outstanding legal professional. She is a zealous advocate who is knowledgeable, conscientious, compassionate, and personable. Although she is well-regarded for her practice in a diversity of areas, I know Paula as an authoritative voice in the child welfare community. She has distinguished herself among her peers in this arena, generally, and she is highly sought for consultation in its specialty categories, such as Central Registry expunction. Paula is a reliable source of scholarly publications, as well. I would recommend Attorney Paula Aylward for consultation or hire --- to peers and prospective clients, alike --- without reservation."
Appeals Attorney | Nov 11
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have first hand knowledge of Attorney Paula Aylward's amazing ability to identify the key winning issues on complex cases. I am also able to endorse Attorney Aylward's thoroughness in her document preparation and research. Not only is she well versed in legal issues at the trial Court level, her ability to navigate through complex Appelate issues far exceeds most. If you need an Attorney dedicated to the details or an Attorney to handle a complex legal issue, I recommend Attorney Paula Aylward."
Appeals Attorney | Oct 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paula is the best appellate lawyer I know. Her research is thorough, and her writing is persuasive. I trust her with my client's lives. She is the best."
General practice Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Paula is an excellent, experienced, intelligent and dedicated attorney. She follows through on matters with intensity and diligence and leaves no stone unturned."
Family Attorney | Mar 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Paula actively pursues answers to difficult questions and networks with fellow family lawyers in both the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section and the American Bar Association Family Law Section to remain fully informed about new developments in family law. Jeanne M. Hannah, family lawyer in Traverse City, Michigan"
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Marshall Appeals Lawyer Paula A. Aylward
Paula A. Aylward
Appeals Attorney
Marshall, MI
Licensed for 34 years