Teaming agreements are one of the most common but least understood documents
used by government contractors today.
Like contractors, judges seem uncertain of what rights and obligations are
created by a teaming agreement if the parties fail to cement their relationship
with a subcontract. In Virginia alone, courts have changed positions three times
on the enforceability of teaming agreements – creating an unpredictable no man’s
land of teaming agreement litigation.
In a two-part series of articles published in Contract Management magazine,
McGuireWoods litigator and government contracts attorney Steve Mulligan explains
how contractors can improve their teaming agreements, based on court decisions
and hands-on experience litigating teaming agreements gone bad.
Steve’s first article, titled “How to Improve Your Teaming Agreement,” found
here, explains how inconsistent rulings regarding the enforceability of teaming
agreements leads to unpredictable results when team members accuse each other of
breaching the agreement. The second article provides practical tips for primes
and subs, and may be found
For more information, please contact the author,
Mulligan or any of the other McGuireWoods government contracts attorneys listed.