David Adelman joined Cornerstone Government Affairs in 2010 bringing over 10 years of substantial experience in grassroots advocacy, developing and implementing strategic legislative campaigns, drafting and analyzing legislative language and reports and establishing, administering and advising political action committees. David leads the firm’s operations in the State of Iowa, managing the Des Moines office and providing state government relations and business consulting services to a broad and diverse set of clients.
Before joining Cornerstone, David worked for a law firm in West Des Moines where his practice focused on Government Relations, Legislative Law, PAC Compliance and Strategic Advising, and Election Law. David continues to secure millions of dollars for clients through appropriation language, enables clients to secure major policy changes in a variety of issue areas and helps defeat language that would have been detrimental to his clients’ interests.
Prior to his role at the law firm, Mr. Adelman worked with the Department of Justice, in the Iowa Attorney’s General Office. In addition, Mr. Adelman clerked for the State Senator who co-chaired the Health and Human Services Appropriations Sub-Committee.
In 2004, David worked in Washington, D.C. at the Democratic National Committee where he helped to design the voter protection campaign as a member of the legal team of the Kerry-Edwards Presidential Campaign. David finished the campaign by returning to Des Moines where he assisted in the establishment of the legal protection network for the Iowa Democratic Party. David served two terms on the Iowa Democratic State Central Committee, which acts as the Board of Directors for the Democratic Party.
Raised in Des Moines, David earned a B.S. in Marketing and Business Legal Studies from Miami University, and a certificate in International Business studying in London, England. He received his law degree with a Legislative Practice Certificate from Drake University Law School.
David and his wife, Liz, reside in Des Moines where they are active in the community and have two sons, Michael and Benjamin.