Mike Koehler | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University



Mike Koehler

Associate Professor of Law

Mike Koehler

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 210

Phone: (618) 453-8120

e-mail: mkoehler@siu.edu

Professor Koehler joined the SIU School of Law faculty in 2012. His teaching expertise and interests include corporate law, corporate compliance and ethics, white collar crime, international business transactions, international trade and investment, securities regulation, and torts. Professor Koehler is a widely published author and his writing and scholarship focus on the intersection of corporate conduct and criminal law, corporate compliance and ethics, and the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") and other anti-corruption laws.

A leading expert on the FCPA and related laws, Professor Koehler testified before a U.S. Senate Subcommittee in a hearing titled "Examining Enforcement of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act." Professor Koehler is an active speaker on the FCPA and related topics before business and academic audiences and he is also a frequent featured source in various media including the Wall Street JournalNew York TimesWashington PostFinancial TimesThe EconomistNewsweek, National Public Radio, CNN, BBC, and Al Jazerra.

Professor Koehler founded and edits the website FCPA Professor (www.fcpaprofessor.com), a forum devoted to the FCPA and related topics that is read by a world-wide audience of legal practitioners, in-house counsel and compliance professionals, business executives, government enforcement attorneys, academics, and students. Described as "the Wall Street Journal concerning all things FCPA-related," and the "most authoritative source for those seeking to understand and apply the FCPA," FCPA Professor has been named a "top 25 business law blog" by LexisNexis, a "best law blog for in-house counsel" by Corporate Counsel. 

Professor Koehler is the author of the books The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a New Era (2014) and Strategies for Minimizing Risk Under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Related Laws (2018), and in 2013 he developed one of the first law school classes in the country specifically focused on the FCPA.

Prior to joining the SIU faculty, Professor Koehler was an Assistant Professor of Business Law in the College of Business at Butler University. Prior to academia, he practiced law at Foley & Lardner LLP where he represented clients in international business transactions, compliance and governance issues, business fraud investigations (including related Department of Justice and Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement actions), and business litigation. Professor Koehler’s private practice career included several international assignments and provided him an understanding and appreciation for foreign legal environments and business cultures.

Professor Koehler received his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin School of Law where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Wisconsin International Law Journal. He received his B.A. (Political Science) from the University of South Dakota where he was an academic all-conference basketball player. Professor Koehler and his family enjoy an active outdoor lifestyle and he enjoys competing in endurance sporting events, including Ironman triathlons.