Kavita C. Desai

Originally from southern Illinois, Kavita Desai 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.  After law school, 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.  Since joining James, McElroy and Diehl, P.A., Kavita has focused her practice on family law.

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