Irwin “Buddy” Cutler – Of Counsel

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Practice Areas

Priddy, Cutler, Naake & Meade is the leading labor and employment law firm in Louisville, KY. Our lawyers are dedicated to the representation of organized labor, its leadership and members.
Our experienced attorneys have had numerous trials, arbitrations, and appeals and have litigated on behalf of thousands of employees and their unions.
We are committed to the mission of the American labor movement and improving the lives of working people and their families through fair treatment and equal rights for all employees, union or non-union.
Nurses are the critical front-line caregivers in health care today. They are often the difference between life and death, self-sufficiency and dependency, hope and despair. Nurses contribute greatly to the medical and emotional well-being of their patients but are often subjected to unwarranted criticisms and unfair treatment by health care administrators.
The Law Offices of Priddy, Cutler, Naake & Meade offers advice and advocacy for Registered Nurses and Licensed Practical Nurses in a wide variety of situations.
Employee rights arise from federal and state laws that, over time, have established various rules that govern the employer-employee relationship.
More broadly viewed, the phrase is often used to refer to rights not explicitly mentioned in law but inferred from legal protections.
There are many reasons why Firefighters may need legal assistance from an attorney. It may involve a matter at work or could involve a family matter.

Our firm has represented public safety professionals and their families in a wide array of cases including employment matters, wage & hour issues, long and short disability claims, work related injuries, and workers compensation cases.

Whatever the purpose of your legal needs, you can rely on our law firm to provide ethical, cost-effective and professional legal representation.


A native of Louisville, Mr. Cutler received his BA from Yale University and his JD from Cornell University Law School. Following graduation, he clerked for U.S. District Judge Mac Swinford. He then joined the predecessor firm of Segal Stewart Cutler Lindsay Janes & Berry, PLLC, where he became a senior partner. He is now a partner with Priddy, Cutler, Leightty & Meade, PLLC.


A past Chair of the Louisville Bar Association section on labor and employment law, he was elected in 2005 to the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers, a national organization composed of the leading lawyers in this field, both labor and management. At the time, he was one of only eight Kentucky lawyers in the College, and one of only two representing labor or employees. He is a member of the labor and employment sections of both the Louisville and Kentucky Bar Associations. Mr. Cutler has been a member of the Lawyers Coordinating Committee of the AFL-CIO since its founding in 1983.

Other Accomplishments

Mr. Cutler is listed in “The Best Lawyers in America”, a peer-review guide to the legal profession, and in Who’s Who in American Law. He is recognized as one of Kentucky’s “Super Lawyers” and is often listed as one of Louisville’s best lawyers in Louisville Magazine. Martindale-Hubbell gives him its highest rating, AV Preeminent.

Mr. Cutler is the author of a chapter in West’s Federal Practice Manual and is an editor of How to Take a Case before the NLRB. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education programs and before union groups.

Mr. Cutler volunteers for various civic and charitable organizations, serving on the board of the Kentucky Labor Institute and on the Advisory Board of Actors Theatre of Louisville, and having served on the board and as an officer of the Kling Center, on the board and chairman of St. Francis High School, on the board of Kentucky Labor Union Museum, and on the Workers’ Rights Board of Kentucky Jobs with Justice, and as president of the Cornell Alumni Association of Kentucky. He volunteers in mentoring and organizing mentors for college students who work in Louisville during summer vacations.