David Adelman

Principal and Director
Des Moines, Iowa

David Adelman

Principal and Director
Des Moines, Iowa

Quick Facts

  • David helps Cornerstone clients identify opportunities and establishes a road map for success at a local, state and federal level
  • On behalf of a Cornerstone client, David drafted, assisted in the passage, and secured funding, establishing a full medical school loan repayment program for primary care physicians
  • David works with clients to increase funding and tax incentives enhancing economic development programs

David's Bio

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.

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 clients’ interests.

Prior to his role at the law firm, David worked with the Department of Justice, in the Iowa Attorney’s General Office and clerked in the State Senate.

David worked in Washington, D.C. at the Democratic National Committee where he helped to design the voter protection program in 2004 and returned 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; 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 three sons, Michael, Benjamin and Sam.




JD, Drake University Law School; BS, Miami University

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