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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 has served in the United States Marine Corps.

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.

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 four years and they have three kids together.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 40%
  2. Car Accident: 30%
  3. Medical Malpractice: 20%
  4. Divorce: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Abraham David Kuhl

    I've had the pleasure of getting to know Nick both personally and professionally. He is great to work with and has been a wonderful mentor for me in shaping my practice.


    Abraham Kuhl Divorce and separation Attorney
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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Nick. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Cutrera Law Firm, LLC

212 NE Tudor Road
Lees Summit, MO, 64086-5696


MOGood Standing, Active199301/08/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2016
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2015
Best of the BarKansas City Business Journal2015
Best of the BarKansas City Business Journal2014
Top 100 Lawyer AwardThe American Society of Legal Advocates2014
Best of Lee's Summit- Divorce LawyerUnited States Commerce Association2013
Best of Lee's Summit-Divorce LawyerUnited States Commerce Association2012
Best of the BarKansas City Business Journal2012
Best of Lee's Summit- Divorce LawyerU.S. Commerce Association2011
Best of the BarKansas City Business Journal2011
Best of Lee's Summit- Divorce LawyerU.S. Commerce Association2010
Best of the BarKansas City Business Journal2010
Best of Lee's Summit- Divorce LawyerU.S. Commerce Association2009
Best of Lee's Summit- Divorce LawyerU.S. Commerce Association2008
Best of the BarKansas City Business Journal2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Offices of Nick A. Cutrera, LLC2002 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Eastern Jackson County Bar AssociationImmediate Past President2015 - Present
Lawyers Encouraging Academic PerformanceBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Sunrise Rotary ClubMember2012 - Present
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationDispute Resolution Committee2011 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A2010 - Present
Eastern Jackson County Bar AssociationBoard Member2006 - Present
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationCircuit Court Civil Litigation CommitteeN/A
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationDomestic Law CommitteeN/A
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationTorts Law CommitteeN/A
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationBar Leadership AcademyN/A
Kansas City Metropolitan Bar AssociationBoard MemberN/A
Missouri State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Missouri Association of Trial AttorneysMemberN/A
Eastern Jackson County Bar AssociationPresident2014 - 2015
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Confidential Case Name and PartiesConfidential Settlement
Rainbow Air, Inc. v. Falcon Helicopter, Inc.$170,543 recovery after trial
Kara Lambros v. Gabe and Tracy Smither$101,000 settlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
Chapter 18, Missouri Law Practice SeriesGuardian Ad LitemsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Missouri (Kansas City, MO)Business AdministrationMasters of Business Administration2003
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
University of Missouri, ColumbiaN/AOther - Bachelors1989
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
EJCBA CLE SeminarDefending the Maintenance Claim2012
Small Firm Incubator WorkshopPractice Management Software2011
Guardian Ad Litem TrainingCurrent Issues for Guardian Ad Litems2008
Family Law CLEA Focus on Discovery in Family Law Cases2008
New Lawyer's Survival CLEStarting a Law Practice2007
12 Hour Specialized Guardian Ad Litem TrainingHearsay Exceptions2007
Nuts and Bolts of Grandparents' RightsNuts and Bolts of Grandparents' Rights2005
KCMBA Bar Leadership AcademyThe Military Law ExperienceN/A
Advanced GALTrainingThe GAL's Role at TrialN/A