Mr. Cutler is best known for his tenacious and highly publicized defense of John Gotti in the 1980s and early 1990s when, amongst numerous other high profile cases across the country, he won three acquittals for John Gotti, earning him nickname “Teflon Don.” The Second Circuit noted that “The underworld exploits of John Gotti and the courtroom legerdemain of his attorney, Bruce Cutler, are now the stuff of legend.” His brutal and withering cross-examinations of cooperating witnesses was nicknamed by the media as “Brucification.”
Mr. Cutler graduated from Hamilton College, where he was captain of the football team and played varsity lacrosse. He graduated cum laude from Brooklyn Law School. After law school, he worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Kings County and became its top homicide prosecutor, trying over 50 murder cases to verdict, a record that stands to this day.
Mr. Cutler has tried cases all over the country and, as a solo practitioner, was famous for being a “serial monogamist” only taking on one large case at a time, but pouring every ounce of his energy into those cases.
His father, Murray Cutler, was a former New York City detective who later became a criminal defense attorney, practicing for 47 years.
Bruce’s name has been referenced in shows such as Canterbury’s Law, Night Falls on Manhattan, and of course, the HBO movies Gotti and Phil Spector, in which he was played by Al Waxman and Jeffrey Tambor, respectively. He has appeared as himself in film and television, in the Robert De Niro, Kelsey Grammer and Ed Burns film 15 Minutes and most recently on the CBS television show Blue Bloods. Mr. Cutler also appeared on Court TV, with attorney Edward Hayes, discussing criminal cases and current events on Cutler and Hayes, and on the CW network with his own show, Jury Duty.
Mr. Cutler’s autobiography, “Closing Argument” was published in 2003