About Tejal D. Desai

Tejal Desai is passionate about delivering top-notch client service along with developing an environment where all members of the firm can succeed and thrive.  He serves as the Chief Operating Officer of Hook Law Center overseeing the operations of the firm, including firm profitability, strategic and tactical planning, business development and strategic partnerships, and personnel development.  Mr. Desai works hand-in-hand with the firm’s executive management team to help formulate, shape, communicate, and implement the firm’s overall strategic vision while ensuring that firm processes and personnel align with that vision.   Over the span of his career, Mr. Desai has been an executive that has led the growth of an operating company in the hospitality industry from less than 500 employees in one state to over 2,000 employees in multiple states.  He has been involved in the acquisition, development, or disposition of close to $1 billion in commercial real estate transactions, and has acted as in-house counsel managing internal clients and external counsel in a variety of matters including: commercial litigation, complex real estate closings, employee relations matters, and commercial loan workouts.  Mr. Desai has vast experience in capital markets and capital improvements having most recently raised and deployed over $90 million in capital into real estate investments across the country from 2016 to 2019.

Mr. Desai earned his J.D. from the Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law, his MBA specializing in Strategic Leadership from The Pennsylvania State University – Smeal College of Business, and his B.A. in Economics from the University of Virginia.  He is licensed to practice law in Virginia, and an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) in the Southern 7 Chapter.

Mr. Desai resides in Norfolk with his wife and two children, and, besides work, he enjoys traveling the world with his family, cooking with his wife, physical fitness activities, skiing, reading, and watching football with friends and family.


Pennsylvania State University – Dickinson School of Law
Juris Doctor

The Pennsylvania State University – Smeal College of Business
MBA in Strategic Leadership 

University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts in Economics 


  • Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO)


  • Virginia State Bar