Dulce Foster

Fredrikson & Byron
Chapter Leader

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Fredrikson & Byron
Minneapolis, MN
Phone 1: 612-492-7110

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Dulce co-chairs Fredrikson & Byron’s White Collar & Regulatory Defense Group.  She tries criminal cases, litigates civil fraud matters, conducts internal investigations, and leads anti-corruption due diligence. Her practice focuses on criminal and civil regulatory matters involving alleged financial fraud, embezzlement, healthcare fraud, False Claims Act (FCA) violations, Food & Drug (FDCA) violations, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) violations, trade secrets theft, illegal immigration, environmental and other compliance concerns. In the #MeToo era, she has also handled numerous workplace investigations involving allegations of criminal sexual misconduct.

 Representative Matters

  • Defended CEO Howard Root in United States v. Vascular Solutions, Inc., a felony FDA off-label enforcement trial in the Western District of Texas that ended in jury acquittals on all counts.
  • Obtained a complete dismissal for a Fortune 500 medical device company in a False Claims Act case originating in the Central District of California based on alleged overcharges for shipping to federal government agencies
  • Led an internal investigation for the Town & Country Club of St. Paul, Minnesota, ending in the conviction of its controller in a massive and complex embezzlement scheme
  • Conducted FCPA/anti-corruption due diligence for manufacturers in connection with multiple global acquisitions

 Prior Experience

Law Clerk, Honorable John R. Tunheim, United States District Judge, District of Minnesota (1998-2000)

 Admission & Qualifications

  • Minnesota, 1998
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Dist. of Minnesota, 2000
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2001
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Central Dist. of Illinois, 2002
  • U.S. Dist. Court for the Western Dist. of Wisconsin, 2006
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals, 2009


  • Macalester College, B.A., Psychology, magna cum laude
  • University of Minnesota Law School, J.D., 1998, magna cum laude, Editor, Minnesota Law Review

 Other Distinctions

  • Listed in Chambers USA:  America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Minnesota-Litigation: White Collar Crime & Government Investigations, 2020
  • Listed in “Minnesota Super Lawyers for White Collar Criminal Defense”
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America for Criminal Defense: White Collar”


  • MNCLE, Handling Internal Investigations – Best Practices for Investigating Alleged Fraud, Bribery, Regulatory Noncompliance, and Other Types of Corporate Wrongdoing, Ch. 1, “Investigation Planning,” 2017
  • “What You Should Know About the New International Bribery Standard,” Law 360, August 11, 2016
  • "Recent Off-Label Device Cases Are A Road Map for the Future," Law360, July 26, 2016

Practice Areas

  • Anti-Corruption
  • Appeals
  • Compliance Counseling
  • Corporate Crime
  • Due Diligence Investigations
  • FDA Enforcement
  • Foreign Corrupt Practices Act
  • Government Contracting, Bid Protests and the False Claims Act
  • Government Investigations
  • Healthcare
  • Internal Investigations
  • Qui Tam; Whistleblower Defense
  • Trials
  • White Collar Crime