Nakita Cuttino

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law


Nakita Cuttino’s primary research interests are in the areas of banking regulations, consumer finance, and securities law. Her research focuses on the efficacy of and risks related to the emerging markets of fintech services, cryptocurrencies, and more generally the use of artificial intelligence in the financial sector. Her work seeks to assess whether these emerging markets reasonably fit within existing regulatory schemes or if such schemes should be reassessed to better serve the modernization of financial services and democratization of wealth in the United States.

Prior to joining the Duke Law faculty, Cuttino practiced as a corporate associate with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP in the Houston and New York offices, specializing in complex debt finance transactions with lending commitments ranging from $200 million to $1.5 billion as well as public and private security offerings with gross proceeds ranging from $300 million to $1.5 billion. Prior to joining Simpson, she served as a law clerk to Judge Eric L. Clay of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.

Cuttino graduated from Duke University School of Law in 2012 and earned her B.B.A., magna cum laude, from Howard University in 2008.