Prior to joining CLC, Adav served for more than ten years in several capacities within the Office of General Counsel of the Federal Election Commission. From 2013 to 2017, as Associate General Counsel for Policy, Adav oversaw all legal recommendations regarding the FEC’s regulations and advisory opinions. From 2007 to 2012, as Acting Assistant General Counsel and an attorney in the FEC’s Litigation Division, he litigated dozens of constitutional cases in district courts, courts of appeals and the United States Supreme Court, including the landmark cases of Citizens United v. FEC and McCutcheon v. FEC.
From 2011 to 2012, Adav served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney for the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, prosecuting criminal matters in the District of Columbia courts. From 2004 to 2007, he was a litigation associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.
Adav is an adjunct professor at Georgetown University and a Complaint Examiner for the District of Columbia Office of Police Complaints. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his law degree from New York University and his master’s degree from Georgetown University. After law school, he clerked for Judge Berle M. Schiller of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.