Kenneth L. Schmetterer

Hiring Partner at DLA Piper

Kenneth L. Schmetterer

Kenneth L. Schmetterer

Hiring Partner at DLA Piper

Biography

DLA Piper
Kenneth L. Schmetterer
Partner
Hiring Partner, Chicago Office
Kenneth L. Schmetterer, a partner in DLA Piper's Litigation group, has served as trial counsel in a variety of federal and state court trials and has argued before state and federal appellate courts. Mr. Schmetterer also has extensive experience before administrative bodies, including the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the American Arbitration Association.

His commercial litigation experience includes the prosecution and defense of an array of fraud, breach of contract, insurance coverage, negligence, negligent misrepresentation and tortious interference claims, among others, on behalf of a wide spectrum of businesses cutting across many industries. He also has extensive experience in shareholder and director disputes, securities broker-dealer raiding cases, investor disputes against broker-dealers, insurance coverage claims, trade secret misappropriation claims, securities fraud and other claims brought under federal securities acts and consumer class action disputes.

Mr. Schmetterer also has extensive experience in zoning, land use and constitutional litigation, representing developers working with or litigating against units of state or local government. Specific matters include vested rights claims, constitutional challenges to zoning ordinances, administrative review actions, school district annexation and detachment disputes, claims for writs of mandamus and impact fee challenges. He also has experience in other constitutional disputes involving alleged governmental violations of free speech, religious establishment, takings and Commerce Clause provisions of the United States Constitution.

Before joining DLA Piper in 1998, Mr. Schmetterer worked for several years as a senior attorney for the City of Chicago Department of Law. He also has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolutions through arbitrations, mediations or by successful efforts to resolve disputes before the onset of litigation.

Pro Bono

Mr. Schmetterer is extensively involved in pro bono work. He serves as pro bono counsel, director and a volunteer for UMOJA Student Development Corporation. UMOJA links the educational efforts of many at-risk, under-resourced Chicago Public High School students to the broader community and serves as an advocate for young people, through academic, college preparation, leadership and life skills programming and support. In 2007, the Chicago Bar Association cited Mr. Schmetterer's extraordinary pro bono service for UMOJA when it honored DLA Piper with the Abraham Lincoln Marovitz Lend-a-Hand program's Law Firm Partner of the Year Award.

Mr. Schmetterer has co-authored three amicus curiae briefs with the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the American Bar Association on matters involving juvenile sentencing and juvenile justice issues. He co-authored the brief in the case of Miller v. Alabama (10-9646) and Jackson v. Hobbs (10-9647), in which the ABA -- considering the unique vulnerabilities of children making them more impulsive, more vulnerable to peer pressure, less able to consider the long-term consequences of their actions, and with greater capacity for rehabilitation than adults -- urged a ruling declaring unconstitutional the practice of sentencing children convicted of homicide offenses to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Mr. Schmetterer authored the amicus curiae brief on behalf of the American Bar Association submitted to the United States Supreme Court on December 23, 2010 in the case of J.D.B. v. State of North Carolina (No. 09-11121) urging the Court to consider the unique vulnerabilities of children subjected to police questioning for purposes of determining when a child facing police interrogation should have the right to counsel or the presence of a parent or guardian. In July 2011, the Washington Post quoted him commenting on the decision in that case, in "Supreme Court ruling, rising police presence in schools spur Miranda questions."

He also co-authored the amicus curiae brief submitted to the United States Supreme Court on behalf of the American Bar Association in Graham v. Florida, 130 S. Ct. 2011 (2010), in which the Supreme Court declared unconstitutional the sentencing of juveniles to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Mr. Schmetterer also served as a leader of DLA Piper's large-scale, long-term, innovative signature Juvenile Justice Project. As part of this effort, he served as the senior editor of From Juvenile Court to the Classroom: The Need for Effective Child Advocacy, a substantial policy study assessing and facilitating the reform of the process by which children transition from the juvenile court system back to school. The project was honored by the Illinois State Bar Association in 2005 and again in 2007 with the John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award. In 2008, the success of this project also contributed strongly to the ABA's decision to award DLA Piper its Pro Bono Publico Award.

Mr. Schmetterer has also represented several individuals in pro bono matters. He was named DLA Piper's Pro Bono Partner of the Year for the Chicago Office in 2004, 2006 and 2010.

Mr. Schmetterer is the Hiring Partner for DLA Piper's Chicago office and a member of the Chicago Pro Bono Committee.
Admissions

Illinois
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Memberships

American Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Lawyers Club of Chicago
Harvard Club of Chicago
Chicago Council of Global Affairs


Publications

"Successfully Challenging Jurisdiction when Foreign Companies Are Sued in US Courts," For the Defense (monthly magazine of the Defense Research Institute), March 2010
Senior Editor, From Juvenile Court to the Classroom: The Need for Effective Child Advocacy (DLA Piper: Chicago, 2008)


Seminars

Speaker, "Making the Most of Your Summer Attorney Experience: What It Takes to Excel in Your Current and Future Jobs," Northwestern Law School's Career Center presentation to 2nd year law students (April 15, 2009)
Speaker and panelist, "Crime and Violence: The State of the State Juvenile Justice System" roundtable discussion, Leadership Greater Chicago (April 3, 2009)
Panelist addressing educational reform in Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, Cook County Board of Commissioners (2008)
Panelist addressing broker-dealer compliance, Jackson National Life Insurance Company (2007)
Panelist addressing legal and compliance issues, Annual Meeting, National Planning Corporation (2007)


Prior Experience

City of Chicago Department of Law; Senior Supervising Attorney
Counsel, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau


Civic and Charitable

Pro Bono General Counsel; Member, Board of Directors; Vice-President; Volunteer – UMOJA Student Development Corporation (2004 – present)
Member, American Bar Association Juvenile Collateral Consequences Project (2009)
Co-Leader, DLA Piper Signature Project in Juvenile Justice (2004 – 2008)
Member, Juvenile Temporary Detention Center Education Task Force
Member, Village of Deerfield Youth Commission and Human Relations Commission (2001 – 2006)
Coach, Youth Baseball, Soccer (2002 – 2007)

EDUCATION

J.D., Harvard Law School 1989
B.A., Economics and Political Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison 1985 with distinction


Related Global Services

Litigation and Arbitration
Product Liability
Insurance and Reinsurance


Related United States Services

Litigation
Product Liability and Mass Torts


Related Regions

United States

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Number of Awards

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Kenneth L. Schmetterer
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Education
B.A, Economics & Political Science, Distinction
Class of 1985

The University of Wisconsin–Madison has long been recognized as one of America's great universities. A public, land-grant institution, UW–Madison offers a complete spectrum of liberal arts studies, professional programs and student activities. Spanning 936 acres along the southern shore of Lake Mendota, the campus is located in the city of Madison.

J.D

Harvard Law School offers an energetic and creative learning environment, a diverse and dedicated faculty—whose expertise spans a broad array of legal subjects—and a student body that comes from every state in the U.S. and more than 70 countries around the world. Approximately 1,900 students attend HLS each year: 1,680 J.D. students, 160 LL.M. students, and 50 S.J.D. candidates. The faculty includes more than 100 full-time professors and more than 150 visiting professors, lecturers on law, and instructors. The curriculum features more than 260 courses and seminars that cover a broad range of traditional and emerging legal fields. A Harvard Law education prepares students for success in law practice, business, public service, teaching, and more. Most HLS students are pursuing a J.D. (Juris Doctor) degree, while many others are earning an LL.M. (Master of Laws) or the S.J.D. (Doctor of Juridical Science). Harvard Law School also offers many joint degree programs, coordinated programs, and concurrent degree opportunities with other schools within Harvard University. The Law School community is also home to numerous research programs and engaging publications, including books, scholarly periodicals, newsletters, and a weekly student newspaper.

Memberships
Member
Current

American Bar Association provides legal services. It provides law school accreditation, continuing legal education, legal information and other services to assist legal professionals. The firm has members which include judges, court administrators, law professors, and non-practicing attorneys. The company was founded on August 21, 1878 and is headquartered in Chicago, IL.

Member
Current

Founded in 1922 as The Chicago Council on Foreign Relations, the Council is one of the oldest and most prominent international affairs organizations in the United States. Independent and nonpartisan, The Chicago Council is committed to influencing the discourse on global issues through contributions to opinion and policy formation, leadership dialogue, and public learning.

Member
Current

The Chicago Bar Association is one of the oldest and most active metropolitan bar associations in the United States. The Association's voluntary membership of 22,000 consists largely of lawyers and judges from Cook County and the State of Illinois.

Career History
Hiring Partner
1998 - Current

DLA Piper provides legal services covering a broad range practice areas. It was created in 2005 by the merger of DLA, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, followed by growth in the CIS, Germany, Spain, Asia, the Middle East and US markets. Core practices include Litigation and Arbitration, Corporate and Finance, Real Estate and Real Estate Capital Markets, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Intellectual Property and Technology, Employment and Tax

Vice President
Tenure Unconfirmed

Umoja equips young people to succeed in college and confidently claim their future. We do this by building a web of dynamic relationships where schools, families and communities partner to bridge the gap between the talents and ambitions of low income young people and the resources they need to thrive.

Senior Attorney
Prior
Boards & Committees
Member, Pro Bono Committee
Current

DLA Piper provides legal services covering a broad range practice areas. It was created in 2005 by the merger of DLA, Piper Rudnick and Gray Cary, followed by growth in the CIS, Germany, Spain, Asia, the Middle East and US markets. Core practices include Litigation and Arbitration, Corporate and Finance, Real Estate and Real Estate Capital Markets, Regulatory and Government Affairs, Intellectual Property and Technology, Employment and Tax

Vice President, Board of Directors
Current

Umoja equips young people to succeed in college and confidently claim their future. We do this by building a web of dynamic relationships where schools, families and communities partner to bridge the gap between the talents and ambitions of low income young people and the resources they need to thrive.

Political Donations
$500
2008

Former President of United States

Awards & Honors
Admitted to the Illinois Bar
Court Admission: U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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