Sheela Murthy

Sheela Murthy, Esq. (LL.M., Harvard Law School) is a leader in U.S. immigration law. The Murthy Law Firm’s 70+ dedicated employees help strengthen U.S. companies seeking the best and the brightest workers from abroad. Ms. Murthy is a frequent speaker, well regarded for her passion and enthusiasm, and she considers the opportunities for success in the United States to be fertile ground for anyone who has a vision, is willing to work hard, and has the right attitude. The firm’s philosophy is to help others and the website is considered the world’s most popular law firm site. A committed philanthropist, Ms. Murthy is recognized for work in the United States and her native India and serves on the boards of several nonprofit organizations. Her mission is to help people achieve their American Dream.

Professional Affiliations – Past and Present

  • Maryland Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • Maryland India Business Round Table, Global Business Advisory Board
  • World Trade Center Institute, Member and Sponsor
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Board of Trustees of the American Immigration Council
  • American Bar Association
  • Certified WBE, Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
  • Visiting Committee of Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA

Community Leadership Roles

  • Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, President, Board of Directors
  • ASHA for Women, Board of Advisors
  • JHPIEGO, Board of Advisors, an affiliate of Johns Hopkins University
  • MurthyNayak Foundation, Founder and Board of Directors
  • Stevenson University, Board of Trustees, MD
  • United Way of Central Maryland, Board of Directors
  • United Way Worldwide, co-Founder and Chair, Leadership Council for India

Selected Awards and Honors

  • AV Rating, 5.0 out of 5, by Martindale Hubbell, since 2004
  • Circle of Excellence, Top 10 Business Owners, SmartCEO Magazine, 2010
  • Small Business of the Year Award, Maryland Chamber of Commerce, 2010
  • Forbes Magazine, Maryland Region Interview, 2010
  • Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, 2009
  • Philanthropist of the Year, United Way of Central Maryland, 2009
  • Maryland’s Top 100 Women, The Daily Record, 2009
  • IndUS Business Journal Businesswoman of the Year in the legal area, 2009
  • Maryland International Leadership Award, State of Maryland/World Trade Center Institute, 2008
  • Top 100 Minority Business Enterprise Awards Winners, The Daily Record, 2008
  • Maryland Super Lawyer


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, MA, LL.M 1987
  • University Law College, Bangalore, India, LL.B 1985
  • Stella Maris College, Madras, India, B.A. 1982
  • Alliance Francaise, Bangalore, India, French Diploma 1984


  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Maryland Court of Appeals (1989-Present);
  • New York Supreme Court (1988-Present)

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