John E. Turlais

Special Counsel


John Turlais is special counsel and a litigation lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he focuses on conducting internal investigations and defending corporate clients facing enforcement actions by the Department of Justice, Office of Thrift Supervision, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or other federal or state agencies. Mr. Turlais has conducted numerous internal investigations involving corporate compliance with government regulations and federal laws, as well as investigations relating to internal or external company matters, such as the disclosure of trade secrets, violations of non-compete agreements, and whistle-blower complaints. Mr. Turlais is a member of the firm's Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations and Business Litigation & Dispute Resolution Practices and the Food & Beverage Industry Team.

Mr. Turlais also focuses his practice on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), where he has experience in conducting risk assessments, developing compliance programs, and defending companies in enforcement actions.

In addition to his internal investigations/compliance practice, Mr. Turlais counsels clients on promotions-related issues, including drafting official rules and legal disclosures for sweepstakes and contests hosted on multiple platforms.

Before joining Foley, Mr. Turlais co-founded ProjectLearn USA, Inc., an educational company that provided information and strategies on how to study more efficiently and effectively. He also worked as a senior investment analyst for The Littauer Group in Seoul, Korea, and played professional baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets organizations.


Mr. Turlais has been selected for inclusion in the 2011 - 2013 Wisconsin Super Lawyers – Rising Stars® lists.


Mr. Turlais is a graduate of Harvard University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1999) and Yale Law School (J.D. 2003). While at Harvard, he was awarded the Major League Baseball Scholarship, the John Harvard Scholarship for Highest Academic Achievement, the Allston Burr Prize, and the Mark DeWolfe Howe Civil Rights Award. His senior honors thesis on far-right movements received the James Gordon Bennett Prize for best political science writing by a Harvard undergraduate.