Issue: December 2009
David Kutik - Leading Lawyers 2009
Partner, Jones Day
Many Clevelanders in need of legal help but unable to afford it would have even fewer options without the efforts of David A. Kutik, a partner in Jones Day’s Cleveland office. As president of the city’s Legal Aid Society, Kutik has shouldered the responsibility of working to increase the number of people helped through pro bono legal work. In addition, he leads Jones Day’s Ohio energy practice and defended FirstEnergy Corp. and its affiliates in cases involving the 2003 multistate blackout.
Kutik credits his father, Sgt. Harry Kutik, for his interest in helping others. His dad served in World War II, was shot 13 times while in Europe and spent the rest of his life as a paraplegic. Yet, he was never without a smile or offer of assistance for others. “I, frankly, don’t even come close” to that example, Kutik says.
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