John S. Cutler

John S. Cutler
  • Overview
  • Experience
  • Media & Presentations
  • Professional & Community
600 17th Street
Suite 1800 South
Denver, Colorado 80202
T 303.454.0548
F 303.573.1956
Charlotte Rabadi
T 303.454.0518
  • Colorado
  • Iowa

John Cutler is an experienced trial lawyer who helps clients with business disputes in many industries including real estate, construction, oil and gas, finance, banking, securities.

John’s broad litigation experience also includes representing construction companies, computer software developers, custom high-end guitar dealers, title companies, breweries, developers, liquor stores political journalists, PACs and others.

John has experience in the energy industry, having represented E&P companies, landowners, midstream companies, and equipment and service providers. His energy expertise extends to renewable energy, as John has represented solar photovoltaic and wind developers in a variety of lawsuits, and landowners in lease negotiations with renewable energy developers.

Awards & Recognition

Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2017)

  • Representing banks in many matters following the purchase of assets from the FDIC.
  • Representing the receiver of a $140 million Ponzi-scheme with all aspects of investigation, tracing of assets, claw-back litigation, and other litigation to recover the Ponzi-scheme’s assets for the benefit of its victims. 
  • Representing a provider of fracking equipment in a lawsuit involving a contract dispute with a drilling company.
  • Representing landowners in disputes regarding oil and gas leases.
  • Representing commercial real estate developers in actions involving fraud, breaches of commercial development contracts, and breaches of fiduciary duty.
  • Representing a computer software development and sales company in action for copyright infringement.
  • Representing Solar Photovoltaic energy companies (from industrial-scale to small-scale) related to compliance with tax credit requirements, permitting, employment disputes, and regulatory issues.
  • Representing landowners in negotiations of leases with wind energy development companies.
  • Representing the FDIC as receiver for multiple failed banks in debtor/creditor actions, breaches of lease agreements, and other commercial litigation matters.
  • Representing one of Denver’s largest microbreweries related to capital raising, entity structuring, investor relations, employment, lease negotiation, and other issues.
  • Representing political journalists, lobbyists, and political advocacy groups (including PACs) in First Amendment freedom-of-speech cases before both the Colorado Supreme Court and the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Representing Personal Representatives of estates in Probate Court and State Court actions.
  • Representing the largest dealer of custom high-end guitars worldwide in a breach of contract action brought by a former customer.
Media & Presentations
Media Mentions
"Whistleblower Carve-Outs to Confidentiality Agreements: Why Attorneys Should Revisit Past Agreements or Risk Liability"
Co-author, 45 The Colorado Lawyer 15
"Colorado Photovoltaic Solar Development Considerations"
Contributor, Prepared for Colorado Governor's Energy Office, pursuant to 2008 Solar Innovation Grant
"Landowner Associations: Collectively Bargaining Favorable Wind Energy Development Leases"
Speaker, Colorado Renewable Energy Society Conference
  • Colorado
  • Iowa
Professional & Community


  • Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce – Education Committee, Health Committee
  • Colorado Lawyers Committee, Education Task Force, Member
  • Colorado Faculty of Federal Advocates, Pro Bono Program, Member
  • Colorado Open Lands
  • Colorado Bar Association, Oil and Gas Section, Member
  • Denver Bar Association, Bench Bar Committee, Member
  • Iowa Bar Association, Member
600 17th Street
Suite 1800 South
Denver, Colorado 80202
T 303.454.0548
F 303.573.1956
Charlotte Rabadi
T 303.454.0518
  • University of Iowa College of Law


  • Iowa State University

    (B.A., With Distinction)

  • Colorado
  • Iowa

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