Kenneth Kettering

  • Lecturer in Law

Kenneth C. Kettering last taught as Lecturer in Law at Columbia University School of Law,

and before that taught at Case Western University School of Law, Brooklyn Law School, the

University of Miami School of Law, Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New York

Law School, and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. Before joining the academy he

was a partner of Reed Smith Shaw & McClay (now Reed Smith LLC), where his practice

centered on sophisticated transactional work, including derivatives and foreign exchange

transactions, syndicated lending, highly leveraged transactions, asset-based lending, structured

finance and securitization, and mergers and acquisitions. He graduated magna cum laude from

Harvard Law School in 1980, where he served as editor and Supreme Court co-editor on the

Harvard Law Review. Following that he clerked for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S.

Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He received a B.S. in Mathematics, with University

Honors, from Carnegie Mellon University in 1977. While in practice he served on the Council

of the Corporation, Banking and Business Law Section of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, and

as such had a major role in Pennsylvania law revision efforts relating to commercial and debtor-

creditor law. He has been an active participant in numerous law revision efforts at the national

level and in several states. He served as Reporter for the drafting committee that prepared the

2014 amendments to the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act (renamed the Uniform Voidable

Transactions Act). He is a Fellow of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and

member of the American Law Institute. He has published numerous articles, chiefly on

commercial and debtor-creditor law. Securitization and Its Discontents: The Dynamics of

Financial Product Development, 29 Cardozo L. Rev. 1553 (2008), was awarded the Grant

Gilmore Award by the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers and the Otto L.

Walter Distinguished Writing Award by New York Law School.