Barclay Damon
Barclay Damon

Gretchen P. Aylward

Gretchen P. Aylward

Of Counsel

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Buffalo Office

The Avant Building
200 Delaware Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14202

Gretchen focuses on immigration law for both businesses and individuals. Her practice includes filing applications for employment and family-based immigration with US Citizenship and Immigration Service. Gretchen has extensive experience in counseling U.S. health care clients regarding the employment of foreign physicians and research scientists, and in North American Free Trade Agreement-based business immigration. She assists clients in obtaining both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas (L-1 intra-company transferee, O-1 outstanding ability, etc.) and files applications for nonimmigrant and immigrant visas with US Consulates in foreign countries. She also provides legal representation for US permanent residents applying for citizenship.

Gretchen’s clients include health care facilities and large multi-national corporations, as well as smaller American and Canadian companies. She is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.

Representative Experience

  • Obtained J waiver for a foreign physician to allow him to remain in the U.S. and work for large cancer research and treatment facility without having to complete a two-year home return requirement. Only 30 such waivers are available annually in New York State. 
  • Obtained approval of Blanket L-1 Petition for large multi-national company allowing them to expeditiously transfer critical foreign employees to related U.S. facilities. 
  • Obtained J-1 waiver for foreign physician allowing him to remain in the U.S. to work as an orthopedic surgeon for a large hospital system in Western New York without the necessity of fulfilling the usual two-year home return requirement.
  • Defended convenience store chain in criminal investigation by New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Practice Areas


  • University at Buffalo School of Law, J.D., Buffalo Law Review, senior editor
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., cum laude

Admitted To Practice

  • New York
  • New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, 4th Department

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • American Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • Women's Bar Association of the State of New York
  • Erie County Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Buffalo Prep, Board of Directors Member
  • Tapestry Charter School, Board of Trustees Member
  • Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Women’s Committee, Member 
  • University at Buffalo Law School GOLD Group, Former President

Speaking & Publications

  • Quoted, Buffalo Business First, “Buffalo-Area Immigration Lawyers See Range of Issues Stemming From Washington,” May 2018
  • Canadian General Consulate Office, "New Exporters – Border States," Spring and Fall sessions
  • Canadian General Consulate Office, "U.S. Immigration Issues," Spring and Fall sessions
  • Phillips Lytle LLP Update, “The Implications of Form I-9 on U.S. Businesses,” February 2000
  • Lectures on immigration to international students at local universities

Prior Experience

  • Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, Of Counsel