Law and Order

Michael "Mike" A. Cutter is an Executive Assistant District Attorney working for District Attorney Jack McCoy. He later becomes Bureau Chief ADA of the Special Victims Bureau until he was replaced by Vanessa Hadid.


Cutter, like his predecessor Jack McCoy, is willing to bend the rules to prosecute and convict criminals. In one episode, he nearly commits perjury to allow Detectives Ed Green and Cyrus Lupo to search a store where a victim is hidden. (L&O: "Darkness") Cutter is willing to use questionable methods to procure guilty charges, such as using a juror's infatuation with Connie Rubirosa to find a guilty plea. (L&O: "Tango")

Cutter relies heavily on his Blackberry and even uses it to look up statutes.

He works closely with Connie Rubirosa, the Assistant District Attorney who had previously aided McCoy. Because of this, he has occasionally discussed McCoy with her — usually with complaints — in an attempt to understand his new boss. As evidenced by his first appearance, he is familiar with former District Attorney Arthur Branch, having apparently been in Branch's office on at least one occasion.

In Innocence, Cutter's former Hudson University law professor raises an issue regarding Cutter's qualification to practice law. Although he did the required undergraduate work, a few college credits were not recorded into his academic record. As a result of the missing credits, Cutter never received an undergraduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts (BA). Despite the lack of an undergraduate degree, he attended and graduated from law school; however, he "perpetuated" the oversight to the Bar Overseers by misrepresenting to them that he had received a BA and was admitted to the New York State Bar. He made the same misrepresentation when he applied for a position with the Manhattan District Attorney's Office. At the end of the episode, he received a letter of reprimand from the Bar Overseers which also stated that the flaw in his academic background did not prejudice his past convictions. The letter would be published in the Law Journal the next day, and he was able to retain his law license.

Personal life

Cutter is pro-life ("Dignity").

In episode 19.9, "By Perjury", he is almost murdered in the bathroom of a courthouse. Cutter is saved by Lupo and Bernard who noticed the suspicious behavior of Cutter's attacker and intervened in time to save him. Earlier in the episode, Cutter and Lupo had clashed over Lupo's actions during the case when he viewed files without a court order when Lupo, a law student, should've known better.

In episode 20.9, "For the Defense", Cutter indicates that he harbors romantic feelings for Connie Rubirosa. McCoy, despite experiencing controversy due to his own relationships with various former ADAs (including the now deceased Claire Kincaid), appears to be supportive of Cutter's aspirations. At the end of the episode, it is hinted that she is aware of his attraction, but her own feelings are unknown.

In episode 20.18, "Brazil", Cutter mentions that when he was 10 years old his parents divorced and he has had very little contact with his father since.

In episode 19.7 "Zero" is hinted that he possesses a romantic involvement with the judge's clerk, Carly. Even though, Cutter never mentions nothing like that, Carly admits she likes him.

In episode 20.21 "Immortal" he and Lieutenant Van Buren have an argument because of Cutter's actions while she was testifying. At the end of the episode, they are on non-speaking terms. They have reconciled by 20.23 "Rubber Room" and even share a hug following Van Buren's announcement of her engagement.

In 2019, Cutter resigned from his role as Bureau Chief and was replaced by Vanessa Hadid. (SVU: "I'm Going To Make You a Star")


Icon L&O.jpg Law & Order - Main Characters

Senior Detectives: Max GreeveyPhil CerretaLennie BriscoeJoe FontanaEd GreenCyrus LupoKevin Bernard

Junior Detectives: Mike LoganRey CurtisEd GreenNick FalcoNina CassadyCyrus LupoKevin BernardFrank Cosgrove

Commanding Officers: Captain Donald Cragen • Lieutenant Anita Van Buren • Lieutenant Kate Dixon


Executive Assistant District Attorneys: Benjamin StoneJack McCoyMichael CutterNolan Price

Assistant District Attorneys: Paul RobinetteClaire KincaidJamie RossAbbie CarmichaelSerena SoutherlynAlexandra BorgiaConnie RubirosaSamantha Maroun

District Attorneys: Adam SchiffNora LewinArthur BranchJack McCoy


Elizabeth OlivetAlfred Wentworth