Attorney, Aerospace & Defense


Butzel Long, a 170-year old full-service law firm with offices in Detroit, Ann Arbor, Oakland County, Lansing, New York, and Washington, D.C., is looking to expand its Aerospace & Defense (“A&D”) practice, seeking both partner-level established attorneys with a book of business as well as associate-level support for existing clients.

LOCATION: Michigan or Washington, DC  


  • Experience in advising clients on issues in government and commercial contracts involving A&D matters, drafting legal memoranda, bid protests, REAs and claims, and substantive policy articles and commentary
  • Experience researching the law applicable to government contracts and subcontracts, administrative law and regulatory requirements at the federal and state level


  • Organizational and project management skills
  • Communication skills, both oral and written
  • Efficient, creative, and effective legal researcher
  • Proficient in the use of legal research services
  • Sound, independent judgment
  • Able to work independently with minimal or no supervision
  • Able to manage new and existing client relationships
  • Desire to be actively involved in business development


  • 3+ years of experience in federal government contracts, with some experience in U.S. export controls, including OFAC sanctions.  More lengthy experience a plus
  • Space law experience a plus
  • Experience with the FAR, DFARS, other agency FAR supplements, size protests; teaming agreements, JVs and mentor/protégé; subcontracting and supply chain; data rights; M&A; including compliance, plus transactional and litigation support
  • Experience representing clients in administrative or court proceedings, including bid protests and claims, internal and government investigations, and compliance planning and training
  • Admitted to the State Bar of Michigan or the D.C. Bar or to practice in the courts in Maryland or Virginia, or eligible for admission by anticipated start date
  • Portable book of business a plus
  • Experience with government contracting cost issues, government and commercial IP rights, FMS, FMF, security clearances and FOCI, and CFIUS a plus

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