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Often sought after for interviews and her expert opinion on a range of topics, we frequently receive requests for write-ups on Sheela Murthy. Because her talents, interests, devotion, and involvement are diverse, describing her accurately is no small task. The following have been prepared for your use. Should you require further details, or other materials not supplied here, please contact the executive assistant to Ms. Murthy, Amanda Howdyshell, by eMailing or calling 410.356.5440 (ext. 275).



Sheela Murthy is founder and president of the Murthy Law Firm, located in Baltimore County, Maryland. Her firm of approximately 100 professionals concentrates in the area of U.S. immigration law. With her Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Harvard Law School, Murthy is admitted to practice as an attorney in New York, Maryland, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Before beginning her own firm, in 1994, she practiced with major law firms in New York and Baltimore.

Among her honors and recognitions, Murthy and the Murthy Law Firm have been distinguished with the prestigious AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 rating from Martindale-Hubbell, which is the top rating available for any law firm in the United States. This rating acknowledges the height of professional excellence in skill and integrity. Murthy has been honored repeatedly as a Maryland Super Lawyer and as a U.S. Corporate Super Lawyer. Her firm’s website has consistently been ranked at the top among all law firm sites in the world.


In 1994, a new fax machine adorned her dining room table, and the domain name was secured. That was the beginning of the Law Office of Sheela Murthy, now known as the Murthy Law Firm. Murthy immediately became a much sought after source of information. Foreign nationals and their employers could reliably find clarification on matters of U.S. immigration law. Today, this is how businesses begin – it’s called strategic inbound marketing – but then the idea of giving her knowledge away seemed counter intuitive. An attorney’s knowledge is her product. By providing free information on the law, though, Murthy built a base of loyal readers and potential clients. She demonstrated her understanding of the law, and her genuine, caring nature.

Murthy is an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year and, subsequently, has judged for that same award. She is an Influential Marylander, among Inc. 500/5000’s fastest-growing companies in America, and has served as Chairman of the Board of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Sheela Murthy is acknowledged for her business acumen. She gives back by mentoring other women and serving on numerous boards and committees in the community.


Sheela Murthy spent the early years of her private immigration law practice learning on the fly how to manage employees and build a successful business model. What was never difficult was her knowledge of U.S. immigration law and her ability to attract clients. With the help of her husband, Vasant Nayak, a photographer by profession, and the marketing genius who put online in 1994, Murthy skyrocketed to internet and immigration stardom. With Sheela’s talent for the law and passion in advocating for her clients, and Vasant’s skill with technology and marketing, the couple had time for little else. And then the world changed in an instant.

On September 11, 2001, as we all watched the attacks on the United States perpetrated by a small group of terrorists, Murthy and Nayak knew they had to do something. They set about establishing a family foundation that would support causes they believed in for those in need who were located in or around Baltimore, the couple’s adopted home, and in India, their homeland by birth. The MurthyNAYAK Foundation (MNF) is an independent, nonprofit, non-governmental organization.


As a speaker, Sheela Murthy is dynamic, passionate, and inspiring. Whether addressing 50 or 5000, her bright, charismatic personality captivates audiences. As a woman, minority, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and U.S. immigration attorney, she draws from her own experiences. Her anecdotes are enthralling and her infectious enthusiasm wins the day.

Galas that are carefully planned and organized to showcase an organization or raise awareness for a cause deserve a keynote address that will prompt attendees to open not only their wallets, but their hearts. When they leave, they should carry the message with them into their daily lives, so that your team’s efforts continue to be supported beyond the event. Murthy is a speaker who can plant seeds that will yield fruit for your organization’s future. The work you do deserves nothing less.


Immigration lawyer, entrepreneur, community leader, and philanthropist, Sheela Murthy is president and CEO of the Murthy Law Firm – preeminent in the field of U.S. immigration law. The approximately 100 professionals in her firm work to bring the best and the brightest global talent to help strengthen U.S. companies. Honored by the Webbys, the internet’s highest award, is considered the world’s leading source for information on U.S. immigration law for its comprehensive, up-to-the-minute content, ease of navigation, and cutting-edge design.

Murthy has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Maryland Chamber of Commerce. Notable among her many honors and recognitions are: Maryland’s Most Admired CEOs, Top 50 Most Influential Marylanders, the United Way’s Philanthropist of the Year, and Maryland Innovator of the Year. She is an Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and has served as a judge in the Entrepreneur of the Year program.

With her husband, Vasant Nayak, the MurthyNAYAK Foundation was established following the events of September 11th, to focus on education, immigrants, women, and children, in their native country of India, and in their adopted homeland – the U.S.

Sheela Murthy is passionate about entrepreneurship and motivation, leadership and women’s issues, and partnering with others to make the world a better place.



PDF: Curriculum Vitae

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