Meet the Murthy Law Firm: Debbie Meekins24 Jan 2017
The dedicated team of attorneys, paralegals, and support staff at the Murthy Law Firm is integral to our success. Day after day, they help to fulfill the dreams of our clients through their integrity, diligence, and commitment to excellence. To introduce our readers to the dozens of individuals who come together to make our clients and our firm successful, we periodically present one of our exceptional team members. This entry in our continuing series, Meet the Murthy Law Firm, shines the spotlight on special projects paralegal Debbie Meekins.
Debbie knew from a young age that she wanted to pursue a career in law, and after raising her children she earned a degree in Jurisprudence from the University of Baltimore. She joined the Murthy Law Firm as a paralegal in 1998, when it was still known as the Law Office of Sheela Murthy. She was assigned to work on both national interest waiver (NIW) and labor certification cases. “There was so much to learn, including a whole new vocabulary of technical terms,” says Debbie. “I knew nothing about immigration before I came here. At first, I didn’t understand the significance of terms like ‘immigrant’ and ‘nonimmigrant,’ but then it just all clicked!”
Debbie transferred to working almost exclusively on extraordinary ability (EA) and NIW cases, where she remains to this day. She enjoys the variety and complexity of the fact patterns that come through her department, and likens it to a form of detective work. Debbie explains that, as part of the case process, “we gather evidence to show that our clients really are leading experts, making major contributions in their fields … I love reading, and I spend a lot of time going through documents to find the one nugget in the stack that can really make our case.” She also appreciates the personal aspects of her job and getting to know her clients. “It’s a very long process for our clients,” she says, “and you work with them for months, – years, even – to gather all the evidence to show that they deserve to get in as an EA or NIW applicant. You get to know people, and built a rapport with them. Some of my clients remain in touch to this day.”
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