Gregory C. Keating joined the USC Gould School of Law faculty in 1991 and was promoted to full professor in 1996; he also holds a joint appointment with the USC Department of Philosophy. He teaches torts, legal ethics, and seminars in legal and political philosophy.
Keating graduated summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Amherst College, earned an MA and PhD in Political Philosophy from Princeton University, and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. After graduating from Harvard, he practiced law in Massachusetts for five years before joining USC Gould. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School and at the Buchmann Faculty of Law, Tel Aviv, Israel.
Keating is an editor of a torts casebook and writes on torts, professional responsibility and legal theory. He has published articles on the morality of reasonable risk imposition and the law of negligence more generally; on the history of and moral justification for strict liability in tort; on why justice requires that we take inefficiently great precaution against significant risks of death and devastating injury; and on issues of professional responsibility, with particular attention to the problems that confront practicing lawyers. Some of his recent titles include “Products Liability As Enterprise Liability”, (forthcoming, Journal of Tort Law 2017); Comment on Gardner: Duty and Right in Private Law (forthcoming, Jerusalem Journal of Legal Studies 2017); “Is Cost-Benefit Analysis the Only Game in Town? (SSRN 2016); Must the Hand Formula Not Be Named? (University of Pennsylvania Law Review, 2015); “Strict Liability Wrongs” (Philosophical Foundations of Tort Law, 2014); “When is Emotional Distress Harm?” (Tort Law: Challenging Orthodoxy, 2013); and “The Priority of Respect Over Repair” (Legal Theory 2012).
A former teaching fellow at Harvard and Princeton universities, Keating served as an officer of the Section on Jurisprudence of the American Association of Law Schools. He also has consulted with the County of Los Angeles on issues of professional responsibility and conflicts of interest.