Nick A. Cutrera 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 the text of his award under 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.
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 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 has been married to his wife, Pilar, for twenty-three years and they have three kids together.