Derek Mullins, Butzel Long Photo

Derek Mullins has more than a decade of experience and focuses his practice on the aerospace and defense industry. Clients benefit from his deep knowledge in this sector and others in a wide variety of complex matters. In addition to his government contracts practice, Mr. Mullins is a skilled litigator and has prevailed on behalf of clients in state and federal courts in Michigan and across the nation.


Derek Mullins has extensive experience assisting companies of all sizes to navigate the numerous complex regulatory requirements relating to federal contracting that are inherent in the aerospace and defense industry and other areas of commerce. Mr. Mullins routinely handles a wide range of federal procurement matters, including bid protests and post-contract claims, prime-sub disputes, False Claims Act and procurement fraud issues, Small Business Administration issues, data rights, obtaining and maintaining security clearances, and compliance and ethics. He also advises clients on export control issues, including internal investigations and reviews and voluntary disclosures under US export control regulations. Mr. Mullins is also an experienced litigator, handling commercial, real estate, class action, antitrust, and administrative law matters in state and federal courts.

Mr. Mullins is a Shareholder practicing in the firm’s Detroit office. He is a graduate of Columbia Law School. He frequently shares his knowledge and updates regarding the law and administrative issues with clients, fellow lawyers, and others through a variety of speaking engagements, publications, and Butzel Client Alerts on various topics pertinent to his areas of expertise.



Columbia Law School: 2010

Brown University: B.A. Political Science: 2006



  • American Bar Association – Section of Public Contract Law: State and Local Procurement Division, Co-Chair (2018-2020)

News & Events

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaking Engagement, 2023
    "Intellectual Property Rights in Government Contracting: A Review of the Key Regulations Affecting DOD & Civilian-Agency Procurements & Significant Recent Developments," National Contract Management Association, Free State Chapter, (2013)
  • Speaking Engagement, 2022
    “Managing Risk in Space” - Michigan Aerospace Manufacturers Association North American Space Summit (2022)
  • Speaking Engagement, 2016
    “Introduction to Intellectual Property Issues in Government Contracts,” ABA Webinar; “Government IP – The Rules Keep A Changing” (2016)

Alerts & Publications


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