Anjali D. Desai

Director, Coaching

Anjali D. Desai

Director, Coaching

Anjali Desai is director of coaching with Foley & Lardner LLP and is a member of the Talent Department.  Anjali designed and launched the firm’s first in-house platform through which confidential executive coaching services are provided to its attorneys.  As a certified executive coach, Anjali coaches attorneys at all levels of practice on a variety of topics, including: career strategy and management, business development planning, productivity and time management, effective interpersonal communication, stress management, wellbeing, and positive mindset, and leadership development, management, and teambuilding. In her role, Anjali supports Foley’s attorneys in designing effective and personalized strategies to achieve their performance, career, leadership, communication, and wellbeing goals in a holistic manner.  She also supports the firm’s leadership development and wellbeing programming and initiatives.

Prior to becoming a certified executive coach, Anjali served as assistant general counsel – corporate & compliance and assistant secretary at a publicly-traded mid-sized financial institution, 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.

26 January 2024 Foley Career Perspectives

Foley Expands Its In-House Attorney Coaching Team

Since Spring 2020, Foley has had dedicated internal executive coaching services available to attorneys at all levels of practice across the firm, led by our director of coaching and certified executive coach, Anjali Desai.
06 July 2023 Blogs

Foley Panel Offers Candid Insights on Breaking the Cycle of Self-Limiting Thoughts

Best Self – Foley’s firmwide wellness initiative – recognizes that our people and their health, well-being, and professional satisfaction are at the center of our culture and core values.
28 April 2023 Blogs

10 Tips for Understanding and Navigating Stress

The topic of mental health and well-being has been front and center for lawyers and law students in recent years after numerous studies have revealed high rates of substance use, addiction, and mental health disorders in the legal profession.
07 February 2023 Blogs

Setting S-M-A-R-T Goals for Future Success and Satisfaction

The start of a new year can be a time when you tend to take stock of where you are in your career, where you want to be, and what you want to accomplish.
20 June 2022 Blogs

Stewardship and Leadership Development Go Hand-in-Hand at Foley

Foley's firm leaders exemplify stewardship by regularly investing their time, talent, and energy to help the company achieve success, growth, and long-term prosperity.
02 June 2022 In the News

Anjali Desai Discusses How Executive Coaching Enhances Attorney Performance and Eases Burnout

Foley & Lardner LLP Director of Coaching Anjali Desai shared her insights in a guest post for ABA Journal’s “Your Voices” column, titled “How executive coaching enhances attorney performance and eases burnout.”