Drew Ketterer, an attorney with more than 30 years experience as a trial lawyer, is the former President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). He graduated with distinction in his major field of Political Science as well as earning a Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude from Connecticut College. He was awarded a Juris Doctor Degree from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston. In 1994 was elected Maine’s 53rd Attorney General and was reelected for two additional terms.
For the first six years of his career, General Ketterer served as staff attorney and chief of the District Court Trial Division for Boston’s Roxbury Defenders, while also teaching part time at the Suffolk University School of Law. He then relocated to Central Maine and opened what is now the Ketterer & Ketterer Law Firm. While maintaining a private practice, General Ketterer was elected to two 2-year terms in the Maine House of Representatives where he served on the Judiciary Committee. A Charter Fellow of the Maine Bar Foundation, General Ketterer is a past President of the New England Bar Association, and he served on the Board of Governors of the Maine State Bar Association for six years. In 1996 he received the President’s Medal from Connecticut College for outstanding community service.
During his service to the State of Maine as Attorney General, Drew Ketterer maintained a caseload and became the first Attorney General in more than half of a century to personally prosecute a murder case. He also worked to instill concepts from the private sector into Maine’s largest public-sector law firm. In the case of State v. Philip Morris, et al., General Ketterer successfully sued the tobacco industry and recovered $1,400,000, the largest court judgment in the history of the State of Maine.
In addition to serving as president of the National Association of Attorneys General, General Ketterer served as Co-Chair of the Violence Against Women Advisory Committee and was a member of the Tobacco Committee. Prior to being elected President of the Association, General Ketterer served as Chair of the Association’s Conference of Eastern Region Attorneys General. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Connecticut College in New London, Connecticut. General Ketterer was appointed by two Maine governors to the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices. He served as Chairman of the commission from 2002 to 2007. In 2019 General Ketterer was presented with the prestigious Francis X. Bellotti Award by the National Association of Attorneys General. He was recognized for his continued service to the National Association of Attorneys General and his work to further the Association’s vision and mission.
Genreal Ketterer’s notable publications include: Litigation vs. Legislation: The Emerging Role of State Attorneys General as National Policymakers, Maine Policy Review, Winter 2001; Public Attorneys and No-Win Lead Litigation published in the American Bar Association Public Lawyer Edition, Winter 2002; and Improving Maine’s Justice System: A Significant Effort in Progress, Maine Policy Review, Spring 2002; Mitigating Municipal Litigation, U.S. Chamber Institute for Legal Reform, March 2019.
Drew Ketterer is a member of the Bars of the Supreme Courts of Maine and Massachusetts. He is also admitted to practice in the Federal District Courts for the districts of Maine and Massachusetts as well as the 1st Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Drew resides in Central Maine and is a devoted waterskier, snow skier, motorcycle rider and snowmobiler. He successfully completed the Boston Marathon in 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, and 2000.