Sheela the Attorney

Nothing pleases Sheela Murthy more than helping people. That is what attracted her to immigration law in the first place. When things go well, there is no loser in the practice of immigration law. As an attorney, she finds the pathway best suited to each case, based on her clients’ education, skills, and other factors.

An immigrant herself, Sheela vividly recalls stressful years wandering the maze of applications and petitions and the long, long periods of waiting. She emphasizes this with the attorneys, paralegals, and client service staff at the Murthy Law Firm. “I need everyone to understand that the client who calls several times a day isn’t trying to be difficult. He is anxious and worried, and probably losing sleep because his life as he sees it, as he has planned it, depends on his immigration process going through. We must be sympathetic, and can’t let it annoy us, as hard as that may seem sometimes.”

Sheela 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, the highest levels of skill and integrity, and many years of experience. She has been honored for numerous years as a Maryland Super Lawyer and as a U.S. Corporate Super Lawyer. was created when the Murthy Law Firm (then known as the Law Office of Sheela Murthy) opened for business in 1994. Its purpose was to inform prospective immigrants about the immigration process and explain the law in layman’s terms. Now, more than 20 years later, MurthyDotCom is consistently ranked as a top-viewed legal website in the world, and is regarded by the legal industry as an unparalleled resource for information on the complex and ever-changing world of immigration law.

If immigration is a less adversarial area of the law than most, then that’s just fine by Sheela. If her firm can help a U.S. company bring in an employee with the skills to help it grow and succeed, that strengthens the U.S. economy. If her firm can help a foreign national to realize his American dream, then everyone wins, and those are results Sheela likes just fine!

A list of Sheela’s mentions in the media and her public appearances is available here.

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Attorney Accolades

Accolades and Honors in all areas are available here.

  • Best Lawyers® in America, 2016-2020
  • Circle of Influence, 2019
  • Influential Marylander 2011, 2016, 2019
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, 2013-2018
  • Best Lawyers® Business Edition, 2017
  • Who’s Who Legal, Corporate Immigration, 2015
  • Most Trusted Immigration Employment Advisor, USA, Acquisitions International’s Global Mobility, Immigration and Logistics Awards, 2015
  • Who’s Who of Business Lawyers, International Bar Association, 2012
  • Top International Corporate Immigration Lawyer, Corporate Immigration, 2012
  • Diversity & the Bar, 2011 Rainmakers, Nov/Dec.2011
  • Maryland Super Lawyers, 2007-2009
  • Leadership in Law Award, The Daily Record, 2008
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers in the U.S., Lexis-Nexis / Martindale Hubble, 2008
  • Commendation, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Harvard Law School, 2007


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