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.