Areas of Practice
  • University of Dayton School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Dayton, B.A.
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Texas
  • California
  • Ohio
  • Virginia
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Federal Claims
  • US Tax Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio

Michael W. Mutek

Senior Counsel
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 1376
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Michael W. Mutek brings clients a wealth of practical knowledge and experience in government contracts, 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, and dispute resolution.  Additionally, Mr. Mutek counsels clients on matters related to the intelligence community and national security issues.

Prior to joining Steptoe, 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.

Nationally recognized, 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 is currently a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates, a Fellow of the ABA’s Section of Public Contract Law and is a past chair of the section.  Mr. Mutek is also 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, 2015
  • 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 Books and Articles

  • Author, “Contractor Team Arrangements – Competitive Solution or Legal Liability: The Deskbook for Drafting Teaming Agreements,” published by the American Bar Association
  • Task Force Chair and Editor, “Service Contracting Best Practices: A Guide to Successful Services Contracting,” published by the American Bar Association
  • Author, “Government Concerns Over Contractor Team Formation: Is the Message Consistent?” The Procurement Lawyer, Winter 2005
  • Author, “Implementation of Public-Private Partnering,” Public Contract Law Journal, Summer 2001
  • Co-author with Paul Fiorelli, Professor of Legal Studies at Williams College of Business, Xavier University, “The Coalition for Ethics and Compliance Initiatives: Renewed Advocacy for Employee Confidentiality and Self-Evaluative Privilege, “ The Procurement Lawyer, Winter 2001

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Professional Affiliations

  • Chair, ABA Section of Public Contract Law, 2008-2009
  • American Bar Association, House of Delegates
  • Fellow, Public Contract Law Section (ABA)
  • Life Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Vice President Legal, Lone Star Chapter, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA)
  • Served as chair or vice chair of Several ABA Committees
  • Advisory Council Member, University of Dayton School of Law
  • Chair, Steering Committee for the Program in Law and Business Ethics, University of Dayton School of Law
  • Faculty Member, Public Contracting Institute
  • Board of Trustees, The Subcontract Management Institute (ScMI)