Michael Mutek

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Michael W. Mutek serves as Aerojet Rocketdyne's General Counsel, Defense.  He has had experience in government contracts, corporate law, intelligence, and national security law.  His practice spans the areas of government contracts, compliance and ethics, bid protests, claims, internal investigations and disclosures, formation and dissolution of teaming agreements, corporate law department management, and dispute resolution. 

Prior to joining Aerojet, Michael Mutek was in the government contracts practice group at Steptoe & Johnson, LLP.  Before that, Mr. Mutek served as the vice president and general counsel of Raytheon’s Intelligence, Information and Services business, a $6 billion business unit of Raytheon Company.  In this capacity, he was responsible for all the legal affairs of the business, and worked on several successful acquisitions in order to help create a cybersecurity business at Raytheon.  During the 26 years Mr. Mutek spent at Raytheon, he held several other business unit general counsel and vice president positions, including vice president of contracts.  In his early career, he served as senior trial attorney on the Air Force’s Trial Team.

Mr. Mutek is a frequent writer and lecturer on government contracts and corporate law topics, and has testified on government contract issues before Congress.  He serves in the American Bar Association's (ABA's) House of Delegates and is a past Chair of the ABA's Section of Public Contract Law.  Mr. Mutek also is a Fellow of the Section of Public Contract Law and a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.  He chaired the ABA’s Services Contracting Best Practices Task Force, which published “Services Contracting Best Practices: A Guide to Successful Services Contracting.”  He is the author of “Contractor Team Arrangements – Competitive Solution or Legal Liability: The Deskbook for Drafting Teaming Agreements,” which was also published by the ABA.

Representative Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Is an Unenforceable Teaming Agreement a Valid FAR Team Arrangement?” ABA Public Contract Law Section Subcontracting,Teaming, and Strategic Alliances Committee, July 6, 2016

  • Moderator, “DCAA and Contractors: Ensuring Oversight while Recognizing Contractor Rights,” Public Contracting Institute, Grapevine, TX, October 29, 2016

  • Co-Moderator, ""Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces" Rule," George Washington University Law School and the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law, Washington, DC, October 8, 2015

  • Moderator, “It’s Not Your Grandfather’s Purchasing Function: Supply Chain Management Today,” Government Contracting in a Tech-Savvy World, ABA Section of Public Contract Law, Miami, October 31, 2014

    Panelist, “What Are We Fighting For? Identifying and Resolving Common Subcontracting Issues,” ABA Annual Meeting, San Francisco, August 11, 2013

      Panelist, “New Rules on Conflict of Interest: Are They Going to be Game-Changers or Just the Same Old Thing Wrapped Up in a Different Package?” Boards of Contract Appeals Bar Association, Washington DC, October 26, 2011

      Moderator, “The Brave New World of OCI: Are You Ready?” Federal Procurement Institute, Annapolis, March 4, 2011

      Panelist, “Preventing and Mitigating Organizational and Personal Conflicts of Interest,” American Conference Institute’s National Advanced Forum on Government Contracting Compliance and Ethics, Washington, DC, September 2009

      Presenter, “Mandatory Cooperation: A Contradiction in Terms?” BCA Judges Association Annual Seminar, Alexandria, April 8, 2008

    Selected Publications


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