Kevin Tu

Professor of Law




(410) 706-3591

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Professor Kevin Tu teaches and writes in the areas of commercial law, business law, banking and financial institution regulation, and technology. Professor Tu currently focuses his research on the regulation of new and emerging payment systems. His recent scholarship has appeared in the George Washington Law Review, Washington Law Review, Alabama Law Review and the Kansas Law Review, among other journals.

Professor Tu brings extensive practical experience as a transactional attorney to the classroom. From 2006 until 2011, he practiced law at the Seattle office of Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, an international law firm, where he represented business and financial institutional clients in a wide range of business transactions and regulatory compliance matters. Professor Tu's practice focused on: (1) representing issuers of consumer payment devices such as private label credit cards and stored value, (2) advising clients on the design of online and mobile commerce platforms and payment processing functions, (3) structuring, negotiating and documenting complex single-bank and multi-bank secured and unsecured credit transactions; (4) representing companies in domestic and international merger and acquisition transactions with particular emphasis in the telecommunications and wireless industry; and (5) advising clients on physical and electronic distribution strategies, supply chain and manufacturing arrangements, and the development and implementation of vendor finance programs.

Prior to joining the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law in 2016, Professor Tu taught business and commercial law courses at the University of New Mexico School of Law, University of Oregon School of Law and the University of Washington School of Law.


Learning Commercial Law: Core Concepts (2022) (with others). Read Full Text.

Learning Core Commercial Law Concepts: Course Materials (2018) (with Wayne R. Barnes, Paula Ann Franzese, David G. Epstein).


Blockchain Stock Ledgers, 96 Indiana Law Journal 223 (2020).

Perfecting Bitcoin, 52 Georgia Law Review 505 (2018). Read Full Text.

Crypto-Collateral, 21 SMU Science and Technology Law Review 205 (2018).

Socially Conscious Corporations and Shareholder Profit, 84 George Washington Law Review 121 (2016). Read Full Text.

Rethinking Virtual Currency Regulation in the Bitcoin Age, 90 Washington Law Review 271 (2015) (with Michael W. Meredith). Read Full Text.

Regulating the New Cashless World, 65 Alabama Law Review 77 (2013). Read Full Text.

Counterfeit Fashion: The Interplay Between Copyright and Trademark Law in Original Fashion Designs and Designer Knockoffs, 18 Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal 419 (2010). Read Full Text.

The Rise of State-Specific Attempts to Decipher the Sufficiency-of-a-Debtor-Name Standard under Revised Article 9 and the End of Uniformity in Secured Transactions, 59 University of Kansas Law Review 85 (2010). Read Full Text.

Extreme Policy Makeover: Re-evaluating Current U.S.-Vietnam Relations under the International Religious Freedom Act, 14 Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal 771 (2005). Read Full Text.