Jay W. Kutchka has developed his legal practice in the areas of Consumer Class Actions, Insurance defense, Appellate Practice, Creditor Bankruptcy, Adoption Law, Wills, and Estate Planning.
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas appointed Mr. Kutchka as class counsel along with Mr. Steve Woodfin, Mr. James Holmes and Mr. David Miller in Vaughn v. Honda Motor Co., the first of its kind, nation-wide odometer fraud class action in which these four attorneys represented more than six million Honda and Acura owners across the United States. The court gave final approval to a $244 million settlement in that case on September 28, 2007. In the Court’s published memorandum opinion, United States District Judge T. John Ward found that “class counsel in this case are of the highest quality and are experienced class action litigators.” Vaughn v. American Honda Motor Co., 627 F.Supp.2d 738, 745 (E.D. Tex. 2007).
Prior to joining RBS&R, Jay practiced for thirteen years with the Jones, Jackson & Moll Law Firm in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He graduated with honors and received his Juris Doctor from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 1996. During law school Jay received the Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Top Paper in Torts I, Am Jur Awards for Top Papers in Constitutional Law I and Constitutional Law II, Top Papers in White Collar Crime, Legislation, and Disability Law. He was a member of the UALR Law Journal in 1993-1994. Jay also served as Law Clerk for the Honorable Susan Webber Wright, U.S. District Judge, E.D. of Arkansas, Little Rock, Arkansas in 1996.
Prior to attending law school, Jay earned his Master of Arts degree in History at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville in 1990 and a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1982 from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. Jay was also on the golf team at Hendrix College, earning All-Conference Honors twice; NAIA All-District 17 honors twice, achieved the AIC lowest scoring average in 1980, and was named to the 1981 NAIA Academic All-America Golf Team.
Jay has served on the Board of Education for Christ the King Catholic School in Fort Smith and Trinity Jr. High in Fort Smith. He is currently serving on the Board of Education for the Diocese of Little Rock.
University of Arkansas at Little Rock School of Law (J.D. 1996)
University of Arkansas-Fayetteville (M.A. 1990)
Hendrix College (B.A. 1982)
Admitted to Practice
United States District Courts, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas (1996)