Dr. Ilonka Aylward

Contact: (704) 312-0785
Law School: University of Virginia School of Law
Jurisdictions: North Carolina
4th Circuit


About Dr. Ilonka Aylward
Prior to founding Aylward Law in 2004, Dr. Aylward practiced law at Sullivan & Cromwell, LLP in New York City, where she worked with a team representing Microsoft in government antitrust litigation. She also practiced at Katten Muchin Rosenmann, LLP in Charlotte.

Ilonka received her J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review and was a John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics (1999-2001). At graduation, she was awarded the Olin Prize—an award for the best paper written in law and economics by a member of the graduating class; her paper was on the subject of antitrust law.

Prior to law school, Dr. Aylward graduated from the University of Chicago received a master of arts degree (1995) and Ph.D (1999), hence — the "Doctor." She was the recipient of a full scholarship throughout her studies at the University of Chicago, where she also taught courses at the U of C college. Prior to graduate studies, Ilonka graduated from Novosibirsk University in Academy Town, Russia, where her studies in the Department of Humanities were concentrated on Japanese language and culture. Her thesis work concerned Japanese literature and theory of comedy.

Dr. Aylward is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, New York State Bar, and is admitted to practice in the Federal Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and Federal Court for the Western District of North Carolina.

Dr. Aylward has delivered lectures and published in the United States, Russia, and Japan on subjects of law, philosophy and popular culture. In the legal field, she frequently lectures for the Mecklenburg County Bar, where her presentations have included "Divorce 101" (2004, 2010) (DVD available upon request); "Alienation of Affections -- always an ethical dilemma" (December 2004); "If you Fight the Prince, Kill the Prince. Expert Evidence and Daubert Considerations in Family Law." (Annual Evidentiary Issues in Family Law April 2004). Dr. Aylward also co-authored with Fred Hicks and Vick Wray "Tax consequences, Perils and Pitfalls in the Equitable Distribution of Closely Held Businesses," (Family Law Intensive Seminar, North Carolina Bar Association 2003).

Dr. Aylward is an occasional guest lecturer at McColl School of Business, Queens University of Charlotte, where she spoke on contract and property law. Together with the Queens University Professors Steven M. Cox and Bradley W. Brooks, she co-wrote a somewhat controversial piece: "Bayer CropScience: The Public's Right to Know," which Professors Cox and Brooks presented at the MBAA International Conference (March 2010).

Dr. Aylward presented her original work as a speaker at philosophy/literature symposiums, including the University of Chicago Slavic Forum (1995); the University of Madison-Wisconsin (1995); the University of Virginia Symposium (1995); and the Moscow Institute for World Literature (1989).

Dr. Aylward's work of fiction "Diary of a Pink girl" was originally written in Russian and translated into Japanese circa 1989. Dr. Aylward's 1999 doctoral dissertation, "It's a Crime to Punish a Crime" concerns philosophy of capital punishment. The book is in the collection of the Library of Congress and was translated into Chinese and what looks to be arabic. Ilonka also authored a column "Divorce American Style" with the now semi-defunct Charlotte Russian Newspaper.

Locally, Ilonka was featured as a guest speaker on CPCC International Success TV show
Practice Areas
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
North Carolina 
4th Circuit 
Professional Experience
associate, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP
associate, Sullivan and Cromwell
teaching, The University of Chicago
University of ChicagoPh.D.
Honors: Full Scholarship
University of Virginia School of
Honors: Law Review Olin Scholarship
University of ChicagoM.A.
Honors: Full Scholarship
Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell
2014 Martindale-Hubbell rated Aylward “preeminent” giving her 5.0 out of 5 client review rating
John M. Olin Prize in Law and Economics, University of Virginia Law School
Professional Associations
, American Bar Association
, Mecklenburg County Bar Association


The One Year Divorce Requirement
The One Year Requirement to get the Divorce

Dr. Aylward speaks on the one year separation requirement for divorce. Mecklenburg County CLE ...
Adultery and Alimony
Adultery and Alimony From a CLE Aylward taught at the Mecklenburg State Bar

Dr. Aylward speaks on the effect of adultery on alimony. Mecklenburg County CLE lecture, 2004
Alienation of Affections.m4v
A CLE Aylward taught for the county bar

Dr. Aylward lectures on the basics of alienation of affections and criminal conversation at the ...


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Aylward Law
1645 Scotland Ave
Charlotte, NC 28207
Telephone: (704) 312-0785