Shivani Desai


Shivani Desai joined Smockum Zarnett LLP as an Associate after being called to the Bar in 2022.

Shivani has a general civil litigation practice focusing primarily on insurance defence. She has appeared before various levels of Ontario courts and tribunals in proceedings involving complex matters.

Prior to joining Smockum Zarnett LLP, Shivani articled at a mid-sized litigation firm in Toronto. During her articling, Shivani honed her litigation skills by working on matters in the areas of insurance defence, personal injury, plaintiff-side medical malpractice and employment law. This gave Shivani an insider’s perspective on both sides of the litigation process enabling her to effectively advocate for her clients.

Shivani completed her Juris Doctor at the University of Windsor. During her time at Windsor Law, she participated in numerous mooting competitions, including the Julius Alexander Isaac Moot where she appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal. Shivani has also served the Windsor community by working as a Case Worker at Legal Assistance of Windsor. As a Case Worker, she assisted clients with various civil matters and has appeared before the Small Claims Court and Tribunals.

Outside of work, Shivani enjoys staying active by practicing vinyasa yoga, hiking and weightlifting. She also enjoys travelling with friends and family.

Areas of Practice

  • Automobile Insurance (tort)
  • Occupier’s Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (tort)
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (Accident Benefits)
  • Trial Advocacy
  • General Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Fire Losses
  • Professional Liability


  • Admitted to the Law Society of Ontario, 2022
  • Juris Doctor, University of Windsor, 2021
  • Bachelor of Science (Hons.), University of Toronto, 2016