Anjali D. Desai

Director, Coaching


Anjali Desai is director of coaching with Foley & Lardner LLP and is a member of the Legal Talent & Development Department.  As a certified coach, Anjali coaches attorneys at all levels on a variety of topics, including career strategy and management, leadership and business development, productivity and time management, effective interpersonal communication, work/life integration and team dynamics. In her role, Anjali supports Foley’s attorneys in designing strategies to achieve their individual career, leadership development, and performance goals.

Prior to becoming a certified coach, Anjali served as assistant general counsel – corporate & compliance and assistant secretary at the Federal Agricultural Mortgage Corporation (Farmer Mac) for seven years. In that position, she worked closely with Farmer Mac's executive team and board on a wide range of legal matters. Before that, she practiced for five years with Alston & Bird LLP, with a focus on corporate law, securities and M&A.


  • The George Washington University Law School (J.D., cum laude)
  • Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service (B.S.F.S., cum laude)
    • Majored in international economics
  • Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership
    • Executive certificate in leadership coaching


Foley Legal Talent & Development 2020 Year in Review
23 April 2021
Foley Career Perspectives
Podcast Episode 20: Anjali Desai, Attorney Coach
03 November 2020
Foley Career Perspectives
Taking a HIIT to Your Productivity and Wellbeing?
22 September 2020
Foley Career Perspectives
“Be Kind to Yourself” – and Other Advice for New Lawyers Starting Their Career During a Pandemic
20 August 2020
Foley Career Perspectives