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Kristina Cucinotta is an Associate at Butler in our Tampa office. She currently practices in our Coverage Defense department and practices in First-Party Property Coverage.

Kristina graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology in 2006. Afterward, Kristina aided disaster survivors through her work with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). While at DHS/FEMA, Kristina received recognition for her work in coordinating and managing disaster relief efforts nationwide.

Subsequent to working for the federal government, Kristina received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from Faulkner University, Jones School of Law, graduating expeditiously in 2012. During law school, Kristina was a member of the Phi Alpha Delta Honor Society and served as Vice President of the Women’s Legal Society.

Prior to joining Butler, Kristina litigated numerous felony and misdemeanor trials as an Assistant Public Defender for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit. In addition to representing the indigent, Kristina also simultaneously served as the Staff Attorney for the DUI Court Diversionary Program under the Honorable Judge David L. Denkin. 

Following the practice of criminal law, Kristina gained civil litigation experience as Senior Attorney for the Department of Children and Families, where she served as an advocate for child welfare.

Kristina is a member of the Florida Bar, American Inn of Court, and the Manatee County Bar Association (MCBA). She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Young Lawyers Division of the MCBA.


  • Florida


  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch 2020 
  • Scholarship recipient and graduate of the National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute 2016


  • Auburn University
    Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Faulkner University, Thomas Goode Jones School of Law
    Doctor of Jurisprudence


  • American Inn of Court
  • Florida Bar Association
  • Manatee County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division (MCBA YLD)
  • Manatee County Bar Association (MCBA)
  • Manatee County Bar Association Young Lawyer’s Division Board of Directors
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (FACDL)
  • Hillsborough County Bar Association (HCBA)
  • The Florida Bar


  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts


Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch

Please join us in congratulating our attorneys for their inclusion in the inaugural edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This list recognizes lawyers who are earlier in their careers for their outstanding professional excellence in private practice. They have been recognized in the First Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for their work in insurance litigation. Congratulations! Click their...


This article was originally published in the Inter Alia, a publication by the Manatee County Bar Association, May 2018. Legal opinions may vary when based on subtle factual differences. All rights reserved. The Florida Bar has partnered with the Young Lawyers Division to designate the month of May as “Health and Wellness Month” for Florida lawyers. This past year, the Bar has had an unprecede...

Kristina Cucinotta