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Shilpa Desai, Esq., was born in New York City. From a young age, Shilpa took an interest in the law and helping others. She attended Columbia University, then went on to Cornell Law School where she was a member of the International Law Review. Upon graduating in 1989, Shilpa worked for a series of local law firms before eventually founding her own firm in 1995.

Shilpa is dedicated to helping those in need. In her practice at Desai & Associates, she focuses on personal injury cases. She has helped countless victims of auto accidents and work accidents get the justice they deserve and the compensation they need. Shilpa strives to treat each client with dignity and compassion. She demands the same level of care from each attorney at her firm.

Shilpa Desai is active in the New York Bar Association section on Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law. She is also a member of the American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice section. In 2013 she gave a lecture to this group about the effects of New York’s scaffold law on construction insurance policies. Shilpa enjoys spending her free time with her husband, Michael, and their dogs. She is an avid photographer and a die-hard Mets fan.

Practice Areas

  • Personal injury
  • Auto accidents
  • Work accidents
  • Slip and fall
  • Wrongful death


  • New York State Appellate Division, Second Department
  • U.S. District Court in the Eastern District for the State of New York
  • U.S. District Court in the Southern District for the State of New York


  • Cornell Law School (89)
    • Cornell International Law Review
  • Columbia University (86)
    • Philosophy, Politics, and Law (PPL), B.A.
    • Mock Trial Club


  • New York State Bar Association
    • Torts, Insurance and Compensation Law section
  • New York City Bar
  • American Bar Association
    • Tort Trial and Insurance Practice section