Kavita C. Desai

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Drawing from more than a dozen years of experience practicing law, Kavita Desai helps clients navigate issues related to family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support and equitable distribution. Kavita also fights for clients who have been the victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment through civil litigation. Since 2016, Kavita has proudly served as a volunteer attorney for the Council for Children’s Rights, providing pro bono legal representation to children whose parents are engaged in high conflict custody disputes. In addition, Kavita currently serves on the Mecklenburg County Bar Association’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee.

Before joining James, McElroy and Diehl, Kavita clerked for Justice Wallace of the Supreme Court of New Jersey, and then practiced as a litigation associate at a law firm in New York, NY. She subsequently moved to Houston, TX, where she served as a staff attorney at a children’s rights nonprofit organization.

Originally from southern Illinois, Kavita received a Bachelor of Arts in history and women’s studies from Barnard College, Columbia University. She went on to earn her Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law – Newark.

Academic Background

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Rutgers School of Law – Newark, 2008
  • B.A., magna cum laude, Barnard College, Columbia University, 2002

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina State Bar
  • New Jersey State Bar
  • New York State Bar
  • United States District Court, Southern District of New York
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of New York


  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite in Family Law, 2023-2024

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