David D. Adeleye



David Adeleye brings insider experience from previous positions in the White House, U.S. Senate and Department of Homeland Security to his role as an advocate for Faegre Drinker clients.

David has significant experience related to public policy. He worked at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, where he advised on the Office’s strategies to further the President’s National Drug Control Strategy. David also worked on Senator Richard J. Durbin’s U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee staff, first as a law clerk during law school and later as special counsel when Senator Durbin became the Chair of the Committee. He also served as Midwest director of FWD.us, a bipartisan organization focused on immigration reform, and was a key player in immigration policy announcement strategies for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. David comments on politics and has appeared on local television affiliates and MSNBC.

Regulatory Advising

David counsels clients on complex federal and state energy and environmental regulations, particularly from a risk-management and compliance perspective in an ever-changing regulatory landscape. His experience includes advising on domestic and international frameworks to lower CO2 emissions reductions, mandatory compliance with federal and state clean fuels programs, and full-service due diligence for developer clients seeking to obtain bona fide prospective purchaser (BFPP) status.

Energy Transactions

David also works with the firm’s energy transactions team to structure agreements for clients pursuing opportunities in sectors that are reshaping carbon markets, energy, and environmental practices, including sustainable aviation fuel (SAF), carbon claims, carbon credits, sustainable supply chains, sustainability-linked notes, and community solar infrastructure. His experience includes helping structure offtake agreements for low carbon intensity (CI) fuel pathways, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) projects, voluntary emission reduction purchase agreements (VERPA) and reforestation programs.

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Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D. (2021)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A.Sc. in Political Science, with distinction (2014)

Leadership & Community

Civic Activities

  • American Constitution Society — National Board Member


  • Lawyers of Color — Top Capitol Lobbyists and Influencers, 2022
Awards Methodology
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