Curt Cutting is the co-director of Pepperdine's Ninth Circuit Appellate Advocacy Clinic and a partner at Los Angeles-based appellate boutique Horvitz & Levy LLP, where he handles civil appeals in a wide range of subject areas, in both state and federal court.
While attending Seattle University School of Law, he served as a legal extern for the Honorable Eugene A. Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. After graduating law school, Mr. Cutting worked for the Chief Counsel of the Internal Revenue Service, then left that position to serve as a law clerk for the Honorable Ruggero J. Aldisert of the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Mr. Cutting joined Horvitz & Levy immediately after his clerkship and has remained with the firm for over twenty years. In 2007, Mr. Cutting received an "Attorney of the Year" award from California Lawyer magazine for his work representing the City of San Diego and obtaining reversal of a large civil judgment that threatened to force the city into bankruptcy. He continues to represent individuals, government entities, and corporations defend against high-stakes litigation.
He has particular experience in cases involving punitive damages, and is the primary contributor to the legal blog California Punitive Damages. He has provided commentary on punitive damages litigation for various media outlets, including The National Law Journal, The Seattle Times, The Associated Press, The San Diego Union Tribune, The Daily Journal, The Recorder, BNA's Class Action Litigation Reporter, and Business Insurance.
He is a member of the California and Washington bars.
- J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 1995, magna cum laude
- B.S., Ohio University, 1992, cum laude
- California's Latest Litigation Invitation: A Duty to Protect Against "Take-Home" Exposure (May 19, 2017) Washington Legal Foundation, Legal Opinion Letter
- Ruling Shows Challenges to Post-Trial Attacks on Punitive Damages (Aug. 4, 2016), Daily J., p. 8
- Will the Billable Hour Go the Way of the Law Library? (Perspective) (July 28, 2016) Bloomberg Law
- An Appellate Perspective on Litigation Management (Winter 2013) In-House Defense Quarterly (DRI), p. 18
- Appellate Practice Compendium (ABA Book Publishing 2012) Chapter 20, California
- Supreme Court of California: Manufacturers are not Liable for Injuries Caused by Someone Else's Product (March 9, 2012) Wash. Legal Foundation, Legal Opinion Letter, Vo. 21, No. 6
- Punitive Damages: Inching Towards Predictability (June 18, 2010) Claims Magazine [online exclusive]
- Keeping Up Appearances (Nov. 23, 2009) Daily J., p. 5
- An Emerging Trend?: Federal Appeals Court Limits Punitive Damages To 1:1 Ratio (2009) Wash. Legal Foundation, Legal Opinion Letter, Vol. 19, No. 3
- Premature New Trial Motions (March 2006) California Lawyer, p. 24
- Baby Steps: California Supreme Court Cautiously Ventures Into Federal Punitive Damages Law (2d. Quarter 2005) Verdict
- Problematic New Civil Jury Instructions (May 2004) California Lawyer, 20
- Winning on Appeal: Better Briefs and Oral Arguments by Ruggero J. Aldisert (2nd edition 2003) Chapter 23, How Top-Flight Appellate Lawyers Prepare for Oral Argument
- The Courts and the News Media (California Judges Association 7th ed. 2001) Chapter 6, Legal Research
- Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Federal Judiciary (Spring 2000) A.B.A. Jud. Division Rec. 18
- Discovery Reform on the Horizon? (Winter 1999) A.B.A. Jud. Division Rec. 21
- Bad Enough to Punish: The Application of the Reprehensibility Guidepost in Punitive Damages Cases After BMW v. Gore (Fall 1998) 49 Fed'n of Ins. & Corp. Couns. Q.
- Turning Point for 10b-5: Will Congressional Reforms Protect Small Corporations? (1995) 56 Ohio St. L.J. 555
- Association of Southern California Defense Counsel
- American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers, Chair of Long-Range Planning Committee (2004-2006), Member of Executive Board 2000-2003, Chair of Membership Committee 2001-2004, Judicial Division Lawyers Conference, Publications Chair 1999-2001, Litigation Section Appellate Practice Committee
- Council on Litigation Management
- Federal Bar Association, Los Angeles Chapter
- State Bar of California, Business Law Section, Business Litigation Standing Committee
- Clinical Law