Sunethra Muralidhara

Las Vegas, Nevada

Experienced in both civil and criminal law, Ms. Muralidhara has a strong commitment to fighting injustices throughout the legal system.  

Ms. Muralidhara started her legal career defending insurance companies. As such, she gained experience in civil litigation, professional liability, and employment law. Since 2015, she served as Assistant Federal Public Defender with the Federal Public Defender's Office in Las Vegas. She has represented clients charged with felon in possession, illegal reentry, marriage fraud, social security fraud, child pornography, drug crimes, robbery, federal petty and misdemeanor offenses, and supervised release violations. Utilizing a client-centered approach, Ms. Muralidhara is able to support her clients through a tough system to achieve just results.  

She serves as a Nevada State Bar Appointed Arbitrator/Mediator for the Fee Dispute Committee. She also graduated cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law and with Distinction from the University of Michigan. 

Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Federal Appeals and Post-Conviction Relief
  • Civil Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Nevada, 2014
  • U.S. District Court District of Nevada, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2017


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, IL
    • J.D. - 2014 
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • B.A. with Distinction and academic honors - 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • State Bar of Nevada, Member
  • Appointed Arbitrator & Mediator, Nevada State Bar Fee Dispute Panel of Las Vegas
  • Circle of Advocates Mentor—Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • American Inns of Court Member
  • Las Vegas Indian Chamber of Commerce Board Member, 2015-2016

Past Employment Positions

  • Federal Public Defender's Office, 2015-2018
  • Morris Polich & Purdy, LLP, 2014-2015
  • Judicial Extern with Federal Magistrate Judge Michael Mason, Northern District of Illinois, 2014


  • American Bar Association Preview: Burrage v. U.S., 2013
  • Loyola University Chicago ChilLaw Ed. Institute Forum 2012
  • ChildLaw Forum, Checking the Box on Racial Classifications Race Based Admissions Policies in Higher Education
  • Published author and poet in the book:  Letters to the President