F. Andrew “Andy” Turley*

Counsel/Of Counsel


F. Andrew “Andy” Turley enjoyed a long and distinguished career with the federal government prior to joining FH+H as Counsel. He is a retired Air Force Major General and retired Senior Executive with the Department of the Air Force. 

Mr. Turley received his bachelor's degree summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts and his Juris Doctor cum laude from Suffolk University Law School in Boston. He is also a graduate of the Air Force’s Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College.

In his military capacity, Mr. Turley was commissioned a first lieutenant in 1985 and served in a wide variety of judge advocate (military lawyer) positions, both Active Duty and Reserve, at the Wing, Major Command, and Pentagon levels, culminating his 27 years of military service as the Ninth Air National Guard Assistant to the Air Force Judge Advocate General at the Pentagon. He also served for many years as an adjunct faculty member at the Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School at Maxwell AFB, AL. Mr. Turley retired in the grade of Major General. His highest military award is the Distinguished Service Medal.

In his parallel civilian career, Mr. Turley held various attorney positions with the Air Force, Federal Election Commission, and Internal Revenue Service Office of Chief Counsel. He served as Acting General Counsel for Administration for the Executive Office of the President at the White House in the last two years of the Bush (43) Administration. He went on from there to serve as the first general counsel for the Joint IED Defeat Organization in the Department of Defense and subsequently entered the Senior Executive Service as Deputy General Counsel for Fiscal, Ethics and Administrative Law for the Department of the Air Force where, among many other duties, he served as the service’s senior ethics advisor and Air Force legislative counsel. He retired from the Senior Executive Service in September 2016.

*Andy Turley is only admitted to practice law in Massachusetts.

Representative Matters

Representative Matters
  • General Counsel for two federal agencies
  • Principal or Alternate Designated Agency Ethics Office for three federal agencies
  • Provided personal ethics counseling for the Secretary of the Air Force, Chief of Staff, senior political appointees, and senior career SES civilians and military officials up to the four-star level on government ethics, financial disclosure and conflicts of interest, the Hatch Act, and the Emoluments Clause (US Constitution)
  • Served as legislative counsel for the Air Force and Joint IED Defeat Organization, providing advice on a wide variety of legislative initiatives and interpretation of impact of proposed laws and developing legislative proposals covering all aspects of agency operations
  • Reviewed military and civilian nominations prior to Presidential nomination, primarily for ethics issues.
  • Expert on the Federal Vacancies Reform Act
  • Conducted and advised on a wide variety of civilian and military investigations.  Worked closely with IG officials on investigations at Air Force and DOD levels
  • Counseled on investigations of senior officials and related military and civilian personnel actions regarding misconduct, ethics violations, and Anti-Deficiency Act violations.
  • Advised targets and subjects of investigation at all levels, including senior executives and general officers
  • Served as Air Force FOIA appellate authority (Secretarial designee)
  • Advised on SES and general officer misconduct:  investigations and penalties
  • Handled various federal civilian and military misconduct cases
  • Represented senior officials with respect to IG and other investigations
  • Directed litigation staff on MSPB and EEOC appeals
  • Counsel to the Air Force SES Executive Resources and Performance Review Boards
  • Developed legal framework and operational doctrine for activating and deploying reserve component forces and use of National Guard for domestic response
  • Authored first-ever Air Force Operations Law Handbook
  • As the Ninth Air National Guard Assistant to The Air Force Judge Advocate General, led historic ANG legal mission to Poland and won American Bar Association approval for new state uniform military justice code.
  • Provided expert advice on all organizational legal authorities, including the Goldwater–Nichols Department of Defense Reorganization Act, Federal Vacancies Reform Act, the Hatch Act, the Presidential Transition Act, and the Emoluments Clause of the U.S. Constitution
  • Handled a wide variety of government contract matters, to include leading a team of Air Force lawyers detailed to the Department of Justice to handle the largest-ever government contracts lawsuit filed against the Air Force in the US Court of Federal Claims regarding the termination for default of a $5.5B foreign military sales program
  • Pioneered the use of electronic discovery for a major government contracts lawsuit involving a 40+ million-page document collection located around the globe
  • Extensive civil and criminal litigation experience


  • Deputy General Counsel for Fiscal, Ethics and Administrative Law, Department of the Air Force
  • General Counsel, Joint IED Defeat Organization, Department of Defense
  • General Counsel, Office of Administration, Executive Office of The President, The White House
  • Director, Planning and Management, IRS Office of General Counsel
  • Chief, Enforcement Docket, Federal Election Commission
  • Director, Air Force PEACE SHIELD Litigation Team, Department of Justice
  • Trial Attorney, Marcotte Law Firm, Lowell, MA
  • 27 years of Active Duty, Guard, and Reserve service with the Air Force at the wing, major command, and Headquarters Air Force levels

Education, Certifications + Licenses

  • B.A., University of Massachusetts
  • J.D., Suffolk University Law School
  • Air Force’s Squadron Officer School
  • Air Command and Staff College
  • Air War College

Certifications + Licenses
  • Massachusetts Bar
  • Admitted to Practice:
    • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
    • US Supreme Court
    • US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
    • US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
    • US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
    • US Court of Federal Claims
    • US District Court for the District of Massachusetts
  • Active Security Clearance (TS/SCI)

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