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Merina Shakya





Direct: (713) 625-9220
Main: (713) 625-9200
Fax: (713) 625-9222



Minnesota State University Moorhead
(B.A. in Biochemistry and Biotechnology)

The John Marshall Law School (J.D.)


State Bar of Texas

U.S. District Court for the
Southern District of Texas (in February 2019)


Nepali (Native Speaker)

Hindi (Fluent)

Urdu (Conversant)

Merina Shakya is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Ms. Shakya came to the U.S. in 2001 as an international student and graduated with a degree in Biochemistry from Minnesota State University. Before finding that her true calling was in immigration law, Ms. Shakya worked as a research assistant at Children’s Hospital in Boston conducting experiments geared towards understanding the mechanisms of cancer.

Ms. Shakya is well-versed in a wide array of immigration law, including, asylum, family-based immigration, and business immigration. She is also experienced in appellate procedures having written several briefs and motions for the Board of Immigration Appeals and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Shakya focuses her practice in immigration litigation and represents clients facing deportation in immigration court.

Being an immigrant herself, Ms. Shakya intimately understands the trials and tribulations of being an immigrant in this country, which is why she takes time and care to understand her clients and works hard to solve their immigration issues.

Ms. Shakya is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association and of the Immigration and Nationality Law Section of the State Bar of Texas.