Cutting and Story LLC


Creative. Pragmatic. Dedicated.

Our Firm

Cutting and Story LLC was founded in the fall of 2014.  At Cutting and Story we are aggressive, result oriented attorneys. We pride ourselves on finding solutions to complex problems that require us to draw on our full range of expertise. As a multi-service and multi-jurisdictional law firm, we are creative, pragmatic and dedicated to helping clients manage risk and maximize opportunities in order to achieve a desirable outcome to their legal issue. At Cutting and Story, you'll find collective knowledge, integrity, experience, determination and an entrepreneurial spirit that services our clients’ needs. This is the hallmark and foundation of who we are as a firm. 


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J.P. Story

Attorney J.P. Story was born in Melrose, Massachusetts and graduated from Marblehead High School. He has called Massachusetts home for over 40 years. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Attorney Story was a mental health/addiction counselor and worked at various sites for a non-profit state-funded institution within the Commonwealth. Although he found this work rewarding he felt he could do more for the community with a law degree.

Attorney Story graduated from Suffolk Law School in 2006.  Following law school, he was employed as an associate with a private law firm where he worked on multi-million dollar complex litigation cases.  There, he fought large insurance companies to pay for his client’s injuries and was involved in numerous multi-million dollar trial verdicts and settlements.  In March of 2011, Attorney Story opened the Law Offices of J.P. Story, a multi-practice law firm located in historic Salem, Massachusetts, where he forged a good working relationship with Attorney F. Reed Cutting, Jr. Together, they formed the partnership of Cutting and Story, LLC in 2014.   

Attorney Story specializes in personal injury, child welfare law, and general civil litigation. 



Juris Doctor, 2006

Activities & Affiliations

  • Massachusetts Bar Association, Member, 2006 – Present
  • Essex Bar Association, Member, 2006 – 2014
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member, 2006 – Present
  • Boston Bar Association, 2006 - 2011 

Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, 2007
  • Massachusetts Bar, 2006



Reed Cutting, Jr. 

Reed Cutting, Jr. was born in Lynn, Massachusetts. He was raised in Marblehead, where his father was a high school teacher for 33 years. Attorney Cutting served his home town by serving on the Marblehead Board of Selectmen – to which he was elected for three terms. Attorney Cutting also served for five years on the Marblehead Old and Historic Districts Commission which is committed to preserving the historic character of downtown Marblehead. Presently, Attorney Cutting serves on Salem’s Historic Commission. He resides today in Salem with his wife and daughter. 

Prior to the practice of law Attorney Cutting worked for a Boston mutual fund company as an internal wholesaler. Although he found the work gratifying, Attorney Cutting felt he could do more in the service of others by pursuing a law degree. 

Attorney Cutting graduated from the Massachusetts School of Law. After interning in the District Attorney’s Office, he was employed at the firm of Salem Legal Associates in downtown Salem, where he pursued legal matters in both civil law and criminal defense. In the Autumn of 2014, Attorney Cutting formed the partnership of Cutting & Story, LLC with his colleague Attorney J.P. Story.

Attorney Cutting’s practice includes Criminal Defense, Personal Injury Law and general Civil Litigation.  



Juris Doctor, 2010

Activities & Affiliations

  • Salem Historic Commission, Member, 2015 – present
  • Marblehead BNI, Founding Member, 2015 – present
  • Marblehead Board of Selectman, Member, 1996–1999
  • Marblehead Old and Historic Districts Commission, Member 2007–2012

Bar Admissions

  • Massachusetts Bar, 2010



Kayla Avery

Kayla Avery is the senior office administrator and civil litigation paralegal for Cutting and Story. Ms. Avery joined Cutting and Story in 2014. With over 5 years experience in office management, Ms. Avery maintains the firm's day-to-day operations. Ms. Avery is responsible for case tracking, attorney-client relations and assisting attorneys in preparing cases to go to trial.



Paralegal Studies