John E. Turlais

Special Counsel


John Turlais is a member of Foley & Lardner LLP’s Government Enforcement Defense & Investigations Practice. John has significant experience conducting anti-bribery and anti-corruption (ABC), risk assessments for domestic and foreign companies with international operations and, based on their specific risk profiles, designing and improving their ABC compliance programs consistent with the expectations set forth by U.S. law enforcement agencies. He has worked with companies of all sizes – including publicly traded companies, multinational corporations with established ABC compliance programs, and small and mid-sized firms seeking to expand internationally. John works to improve or develop ABC policies, position-specific ABC training programs, third-party due diligence procedures, and internal controls tailored to the anti-corruption and anti-bribery risks faced by his clients. Relatedly, a substantial portion of John’s practice is devoted to conducting internal investigations and defending corporate clients facing enforcement actions by the U.S. Department of Justice or other federal or state agencies, with a particular focus on matters implicating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

John provides clients with practical, risk-based guidance, and designs implementable ABC compliance solutions suited to clients’ needs and budgets. In recognition of his work developing anti-bribery and anti-corruption compliance tools to help mid-sized companies assess corruption risks and respond to issues more efficiently and effectively, John has received the State Bar of Wisconsin’s Legal Innovator award and the Milwaukee BizTimes’ I.Q. (Innovation Quotient) award.

John understands that it is critically important to have a coordinated, multijurisdictional, response to corruption enforcement actions. To that end, he helped establish an international defense alliance, the ConciliumTM Global Network, composed of compliance, investigations, and government enforcement defense attorneys located in countries around the world. John also serves as the FCPA advisor to a software firm developing online ABC modules specifically designed for training multinational companies operating in India.

John is a frequent writer and speaker on topics related to the FCPA, ABC compliance, internal investigations, and cross-border government defense strategies.

Before joining Foley, John co-founded ProjectLearn USA, Inc., an educational company that provided information and strategies on developing study practices and test-taking skills. John also played professional baseball in the Pittsburgh Pirates and New York Mets organizations.

John is a member of the board of directors of Broadscope Disability Services and serves on the board of the Oak Creek Girls Youth Basketball Association.


  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Pro Bono Honor Society (2016)
  • State Bar of Wisconsin, Legal Innovator award (2015)
  • Milwaukee BizTimes, I.Q. (Innovation Quotient) award (2015)
  • Wisconsin Super Lawyers - Rising Star (2011-2013)


  • Yale Law School (J.D., 2003)
    • Managing Editor, Yale Journal on Regulation
  • Harvard University (A.B., magna cum laude, 1999)
    • Major League Baseball Scholarship, John Harvard Merit Scholarship, Harvard College Award Scholarship
    • James Gordon Bennet Award, Allston Burr Prize, Mark DeWolfe Howe Civil Rights Award, Harvard Institute of Politics Public Sector Award