Nick A. Cutrera

Firm Number: 816-525-5226

General Overview

Nick is the youngest of seven children. His father served in the Navy during World War II and his oldest brother served in the Navy during Vietnam. Nick also wanted to serve his country and joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve during his senior year of high school.

Nick earned his B.S.B.A., Magna cum Laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia (“UMC”). He also excelled at law school at the UMC School of Law. He graduated in the top 15% of his class and was a member of the Missouri Law Review. Upon graduation, he served as a Marine Corps Judge Advocate General (attorney) for four years. He was a defense attorney for the majority of his tour of duty. He ended his tour as a Captain serving as the Senior Defense Counsel at the Marine Corps Air Station, Cherry Point, North Carolina. He gained invaluable trial experience while defending Marines in hundreds of trials, including dozens of jury trials at General Courts-Martials. He was awarded a Naval and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, one of the highest non-combat military honors, for Superior Performance as Senior Defense Counsel (see Awards).

Upon leaving active duty, Nick joined one of Kansas City’s premier law firms, Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP (“SHB”) as a member of their tort litigation group. He represented some of America’s largest companies in complex product liability and other tort litigation.

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Nick left SHB in 1999 to join Employers Reinsurance Corporation (“ERC”), a large insurance company owned by General Electric. While at ERC, Nick managed and directed the defense of lawsuits brought against ERC assureds in Arizona, Alabama, Illinois, Florida, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New York, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Vermont, and Wisconsin. Nick also became “Six Sigma Certified” in process management and earned his Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City while at ERC.

Throughout his professional experience since leaving the Marine Corps, Nick missed the thrill of being a trial attorney for individuals. His opportunities to be on the “front-line” arguing for justice to a judge and/or jury were limited. Thus, he left ERC and started his own firm in October 2002. The firm’s success has been remarkable. Nick has successfully represented individuals in divorce, personal injury actions and other litigation. He has also helped several entrepreneurs form their own businesses and represented other small business owners in business litigation. In addition, Nick has successfully defended his judgements in the Missouri Court of Appeals.

Nick has consistently been recognized by his peers as one of the best attorneys in the Kansas City metropolitan area by earning the Kansas City Business Journal’s Best of the Bar distinction in 7 of the last nine years (2008,2010-2012, and 2014-2016). He has also earned the nationwide “Top 100 Lawyers” from the American Society of Legal Advocates for the last four consecutive years.

Nick is first and foremost a trial attorney. If he can not achieve a fair settlement prior to trial, Nick has the experience to bring the dispute to a judge and jury.

Nick is divorced and has three children.

Nick A. Cutrera, Lee's Summit Attorney

Kristen Buzzelli

Firm Number: 816-525-5226

General Overview

Kristen Buzzelli graduated from the University of Kansas School of Law in May of 2010.
While attending law school, Ms. Buzzelli served as a Rule 719 Attorney at Kansas Legal Services assisting victims of domestic violence in various family law matters. She was a member of the Student Bar Association and Women in Law Society.

Prior to attending law school, Ms. Buzzelli graduated from the Honor’s College of Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work and a minor in child welfare. She also interned at Capital Area Child and Family Services, where she assisted children aging out of foster care with their transition to independent living.

Ms. Buzzelli is a member of the American Bar Association, Kansas City Metro Bar Association, Eastern Jackson County Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, and Kansas Bar Association.

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Ms. Buzzelli’s compassion and understanding of emotional difficulties arising during high conflict family law cases make her an exemplary attorney. Since graduation, she has focused on family law litigation. She has a wide range of family law experience representing men, women and children and has represented clients in complex case issues such as mental health evaluations, business evaluations, substance abuse evaluations, domestic violence, complex maintenance and conflict of laws.
Ms. Buzzelli represents family law clients in both Missouri and Kansas.