Ade practices in the firm’s Energy & Environmental Group.  His practice focuses on issues involving water, sewer, and stormwater utility services, as well as electricity, natural gas, and oil pipeline matters. 

Ade counsels water, sewer, and stormwater clients on both regulatory and transactional matters, including ratemaking, intermunicipal agreements, regulatory compliance, and asset restructuring. 

Ade also represents consumers of electricity and natural gas services in a variety of regulatory and transactional matters, including state and federal regulatory rate cases, power purchase transactions, and renewable energy projects.  Ade has also counseled clients on state and federal regulation of oil and petroleum products pipelines.

Prior to joining McNees, Ade served as a prosecutor in the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission’s Bureau of Investigation and Enforcement (formerly, the Office of Trial Staff).  As a PUC prosecutor, Ade participated in litigated and settled proceedings concerning water, sewer, electricity, and natural gas base rate filings.

Ade currently serves on the firm’s Hiring and Diversity Committees and is currently Chair of the Pro Bono Committee.  In addition to his work with McNees, Ade serves as Board Secretary of the Vista Adult Services Organization, a non-profit providing developmental services for adults with autism. 


University of Pennsylvania, B.A., 2003

Tulane University, J.D., 2008, Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property, Notes and Comments Editor


The Best Lawyers in America®, 2024

Central Penn Business Journal’s Power 100 Award, 2024

Central Penn Business Journal’s Power 30 Award, 2023

Lawyers on the Fast Track, 2020, The Legal Intelligencer

2011 American Bar Association Young Lawyer Division Diversity Scholarship


Pennsylvania Municipal Authorities Association, Associate Member

American Association of Blacks in Energy, Member

Dauphin County Bar Association

Vista Adult Services Organization, Secretary

Harrisburg Young Professionals, Vice-President. 2017-2018

Pennsylvania Bar Association, Public Utility Law Section, Council Member, 2015-2017

Energy Bar Association, State Commission Practice and Regulation Committee, Vice-Chair, 2015


U.S. District Court – Middle District of Pennsylvania

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February 20, 2024 - McNees program for Black-owned businesses enters fourth year

August 17, 2023 - Best Lawyers® Recognizes 42 McNees Attorneys, Three Named “Lawyer of the Year”

March 7, 2022 - McNees Awards Three Black-Owned Businesses Each a Year’s Worth of Legal Services

February 25, 2022 - McNees Awards Six Black-Owned Businesses Each a Year’s Worth of Legal Services

February 17, 2022 - McNees to Announce Legal Equity Advancement Program Winners at Black is Beautiful Expo in Harrisburg

October 19, 2021 - McNees Professionals Recognized by Harrisburg Regional Chamber for Initiative Focused on Supporting the Black Business Community

September 8, 2021 - McNees’ Diversity Initiative Focused on Supporting the Black Business Community to Enter its Second Year

May 5, 2021 - McNees Attorney and Diversity Initiative Recognized by The Legal Intelligencer

November 24, 2020 - Legal Equity Advancement Program featured on abc27's Good Day PA

June 4, 2020 - McNees Attorneys Adeolu Bakare and Meera Modi Recognized by The Legal Intelligencer as 2020 Lawyers on the Fast Track

September 9, 2019 - McNees Attorneys Donna Kreiser and Ade Bakare to Present with Alisha Reesh Henry of PNC Capital Markets

January 7, 2019 - McNees Elects Attorneys Adeolu Bakare, Devin Chwastyk and Denise Elliott into Membership

July 31, 2018 - McNees Attorneys to Present on Stormwater Financing at PSAB Municipal Legal Update

August 31, 2017 - McNees Attorneys to Present Webinar on Recent Developments in Stormwater Management for PSAB

April 20, 2017 - McNees Attorneys to Present, ‘The Bay,’ at IMLA 2017 Mid-Year Seminar

September 28, 2016 - McNees Attorneys to Participate in Panel Discussion at 81st Annual IMLA Conference

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