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"Paula's research and writing skills are superb. Her ability to advocate through the written word is unsurpassed. Paula has worked on several complicated issues involving state statute, administrative rules and regulations and agency policies. She has been able to clearly present what is often very difficult to understand. Paula's strength in understanding issues and developing concise arguments have been key in obtaining justice for several clients facing big bureaucracies."

-- Michigan attorney, Ingham County


"I have been practicing law since 1975. Paula Aylward is the best damn appellate attorney I know, and I recommend her with great enthusiasm so long as you are not my opponent."

-- Stuart R. Shafer, Esq., Lansing, Michigan


"Simply put, Paula just gets it! I have worked with her on complex cases with convoluted factual backgrounds and abstract legal principles. She has the ability to simplify the complicated, untangle the messiest of legal knots, and present her thoughts and opinions clearly and convincingly. Her research, writing and communication skills are second to none."

-- Michigan attorney, Kalamazoo County


"As a sole practitioner, I often have the need to hire an attorney on a contract basis. I have used several over the years, and can certainly say that Paula is simply the best I have ever used. Her research skills are incredible, and her writing is strong and persuasive. Her briefs and summaries have played a role in some of my firm's biggest settlements. I would trust any of my client's claims in her hands."

-- Jonathan D. Abrahams, Esq., Farmington Hills, Michigan


"Paula's work encompasses the best of trial advocacy: intelligence, knowledge, courage, boldness, compassion, integrity and persistence. When pursuing an appeal, she will embrace the essence of that which might have been overshadowed in the heat of litigation, then make sense of it all in a way that provides just the right perspective for the Court. She carries my highest recommendation!"

-- William G. Maybee, Esq., Kalamazoo, Michigan


"Ms. Aylward is a consummate professional. Her research and writing are flawless. Her arguments are well-supported and easily understood. You can trust your cases to her with complete confidence that she will understand your case and draft a perfect brief!"

-- Michigan attorney, Calhoun County


"Attorney Aylward has been a superb legal research and writing source who has assisted my firm many times over the past several years. Her knowledge and understanding of the most recent legal decisions, combined with her ability to frame and scope issues, has saved me countless hours of research. Attorney Aylward is a tremendous resource that we hope to partner with for many years to come."

-- Tracie L. Tomak, Sr. Partner, Tomak and Podolsky, PLLC, Battle Creek, Michigan


"Results! Reliably and reasonably provided. You can breath easier with Paula on the project. She works with and not just for you."

-- Michigan attorney, Kalamazoo County


"I am truly appreciative of all Paula Aylward has done on a federal civil appeal of mine. Her professionalism coupled with her expertise and thorough research of the issues in the appeal makes her a standout without peer in her field. Not only would I recommend Paula's legal services to anyone with a need, I should consider them foolish not to meet with her. Allegiant Legal is my first and only choice for reliable and informed legal research and brief writing on appeal. And, on top of that, Paula is just plain nice."

-- James A. Sauber, Esq., IDG, PLLC, Battle Creek, Michigan


"Paula did a first class job of responding to a ticklish dispute regarding attorney fees, citing exactly the appropriate law and using it to persuade the Court on my client's position. She was prompt in providing a polished, professional document that any attorney would be pleased to put their name on."

-- Michigan attorney, Oakland County


"I've retained Paula to research legal issues and draft motions and briefs for my most difficult cases, including summary disposition, relief from judgment and appeal briefs. Her research is thorough and complete, and her writing is excellent and timely. Paula takes the time to fully understand the case, the parties and the nuances that make her uniquely capable of finding and addressing even subtle issues that a less involved professional would miss. My confidence in her extends to allowing her to work directly with my client. Paula's work is geographically limitless and she is well connected and respected throughout the Michigan legal community. Paula adds a level of competence to my law practice I would otherwise not have."

-- Merry McQuiddy, Esq., Troy, Michigan


"Paula's assistance to me and my law firm has been invaluable on several occasions. Paula provides insightful, timely, and practical advice and guidance, and her services are very cost-effective. I highly recommend Paula's services."

-- Michigan attorney, Calhoun County


"Paula Aylward has provided important research for me in several complicated cases. Her research has always been timely, accurate and creative."

-- Michigan attorney, Kalamazoo County


"Paula is great! She threw herself into the appeal with complete commitment. The final brief was a gem."

-- Michigan attorney, Calhoun County


"I have worked with Paula on two projects when I unexpectedly required additional support researching and drafting briefs in a complex piece of business litigation. Paula's research and work product are impeccable. She is able to learn a difficult case quickly, hone in on the important issues, and make sound judgment calls about what arguments are most likely to appeal to a judge or jury. In addition, Paula is a pleasure to work with. She is responsive, fast, and unfailingly good natured."

-- Michigan attorney, Washtenaw County


"Paula is fast, efficient, deadline and detail oriented, and empathetic. You could not find a more thorough researcher. Her drafting is on point. She bores into the details of each relevant issue. I highly recommend her services."

-- Anne E. Schulte, Esq., Saginaw, Michigan


"Paula is extremely thorough in her research and legal analysis. I was very pleased with the work product and would utilize her services again."

-- Michigan attorney, Ingham County


"Paula Aylward is a consummately fine attorney who puts the full power of her extensive capabilities into every project. I never hesitate to refer matters in Western Michigan to her offices, knowing they will be handled competently, conscientiously, and with full concern for the client's welfare."

-- Jeffrey Z Dworin, Attorney at Law, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan


"Paula Aylward is not just a good attorney; she is a great attorney who is capable of running w/any issue and turning in a great legal analysis and brief. She is a quick study, bright and articulate."

-- Michigan attorney, Ingham County


"Paula Aylward drafted an SD response brief for me on an auto neg case with underlying dec action, 3 insurance companies arguing over who provides the coverage. One insurance company, with the largest policy argued permissive use, priority, coverage, choice of law, step down, etc. Paula did an awesome job on the brief, and we received the opinion and order today where the judge adopted all of Paula's arguments right down the line. This makes a $150K difference to my client keeping the largest insurer in for their full policy limits. A Public "thank you" to Paula and I would highly recommend Paula if anyone needs similar help in the future."

-- Michael Dungan, Esq., Jackson, Michigan


"As a sole practitioner, time for legal research is a luxury that I rarely have. I wrote on listserv that I was looking for a legal researcher. Paula's name came up repeatedly. I called her, went over my issues on the phone and then emailed her detailed information on the issues. What I got back was truly masterful. Paula left no stone unturned and thought of issues to address that I hadn't thought of on our initial contact. Great work!"

-- Michigan attorney, Oakland County


"Paula's work is always timely, creative, and thorough. She meets all expectations and always suggests other avenues of analysis."

-- Michigan attorney, Calhoun County


"REID AND REID has used the services of Paula Aylward at Allegiant Legal for the past five (5) years. We have asked Paula for a range of services from an immediate response on a research matter to researching and drafting an entire motion and brief in support. Paula has always responded in the time period requested and has outstanding research skills. REID AND REID has been very successful in all of the files that Paula has worked on and we attribute a large part of the success to Paula and Allegiant Legal. Paula is always accessible and always meets her deadlines. I would recommend Paula Aylward and Allegiant Legal for any and all research and drafting matters and will continue to utilize these services for many years to come."

-- Patrick Timothy Reid, II, Esq., Reid and Reid, Lansing, Michigan


"I had the pleasure of working with Paula on an interesting product liability case. Paula was well versed on the law and she displayed excellent writing ability. Her assistance was invaluable."

-- Michigan attorney, Macomb County


"I recently used Paula Aylward to assist me in filing an appellee brief in a matter which had been appealed from Michigan district court to circuit court. Paula's vast experience in drafting briefs was indispensable. While I have experience in drafting appeals to the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans' Claims, I had never done an appellee brief for an appeal from a Michigan district court to the circuit court. Paula was very timely in her responses and addressed all of my questions and concerns. I would encourage any one who needs knowledgeable and professional guidance or wishes to have the brief drafted, to seriously consider contacting Paula Aylward."

-- Ronald A. Berridge, Esq., Portage, Michigan


"My law firm has used the services of Paula A. Aylward on a variety of cases and most extensively in the year 2010-2011. Ms. Aylward's work has been excellent, has been prompt and thorough. She has assisted in the drafting of documents, research, appellate briefs to the Michigan Appeals Court and Michigan Supreme Court and I have been highly satisfied with the quality of work that she provides. I will not hesitate in the future to call upon her services for additional assistance."

-- Michigan Attorney, Calhoun County


"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."

-- Attorney Tracy Green, Detroit, MI


"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."

-- Attorney Rhonda Ives, Coldwater, MI


"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."

-- Attorney Stuart Shafer, Lansing, MI


"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."

-- Attorney Jeanne M. Hannah, Traverse City, MI


"As a fellow attorney, Paula was incredibly helpful when I reached out to her for advice. She is very knowledgeable regarding Central Registry issues and took time out of her busy schedule to talk with me about my case. I was very grateful for her insights."

-- Jessica Hammon, Esq., Flint, Michigan


"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."

-- John Campbell, Esq., Benton Harbor, Michigan


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Administrative Agency Appeals

Central Registry for Child Abuse and Neglect Expunction Proceedings

Child Custody / Child Support

Children's Protective Services Defense


Family Law

Family Law Appeals

Foster Care / Day Care Licensing Appeals

Title IV-E Federal Foster Care Funding Appeals

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