January 12, 2021

The Biden-Harris administration on Tuesday said it has chosen Funmi Olorunnipa Badejo, as Associate Counsel of Office of the White House Counsel.

Olorunnipa Badejo joins 20 other nominees named by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris to the White House Counsel’s office. Members of the White House Counsel’s office will be tasked, once Biden takes presidency on Jan. 20, with helping the President set up his ethic standards and laws for the federal government as well as amend and undo any unethical harms done to the government by the Trump administration. The team will also be entrusted with recommending and vetting judicial nominees, advising the President and Vice President on all legal aspects of policy, and handles presidential pardons.

A veteran public servant, Olorunnipa Badejo began her career in government working as Counsel for Policy to the Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice’ Civil Division. She served as Ethics Counsel at the White House and Attorney Advisor at the Administrative Conference of the United States, respectively during the Obama-Biden administration.

She was most recently as General Counsel of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis, chaired by House Majority Whip James E. Clyburn.

Olorunnipa Badejo began her legal career as an associate with the law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP and was Legal Counsel at Palantir Technologies Inc.

The Office of the White House Counsel was established in 1943.