David Adelman, a partner at Sutherland Asbill & Brennan who was a bundler for President Barack Obama's campaign, is the president's pick for ambassador to Singapore.
The expected nomination, announced by the White House late Thursday, is the latest in a string of Big Law lawyers who helped raise money for the 2008 campaign and are now representing the administration abroad.
Adelman works in the firm's Atlanta office in its litigation department, specializing in representing energy and communications companies. He’s also a Democratic member of the Georgia Senate, where he is the minority whip and chairman of the Urban Affairs Committee, and a former state assistant attorney general.
He bundled between $100,000 and $200,000 for Obama, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. In 2000, he helped represent the Florida Democratic Party in that year’s recount fight. After Georgia voters approved a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage in 2004, Adelman was a plaintiff in a lawsuit that unsuccessfully tried to overturn the amendment.
Adelman (Georgia, Georgia State MPA, Emory Law) did not immediately return a call requesting comment.
Other prominent lawyer-bundlers chosen for ambassadorships include Williams & Connolly’s Laurie Fulton for Denmark; Williams & Connolly’s Howard Gutman for Belgium; David Jacobson, formerly of Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal, for Canada; and Foley Hoag’s Barry White for Norway. All have been confirmed.