Anita’s inspiration to become a lawyer started at home with her father, who was a corporate attorney for IBM in Norway. His transition to solo practice in the oil and gas industry brought the family to Houston when Anita was 16.
However, it wasn’t until after Anita earned a degree in business administration from the University of Houston and began working in a marketing position did she realize her true calling was the law. She enrolled at the South Texas College of Law at Houston and graduated with her law degree in 1993. Although her intent was to be a corporate attorney like her dad, she earned the highest grade in her family law class, which was a sign of things to come.
With her law degree in hand, Anita moved to Fort Worth and opened a solo practice in general law. During this time, she met fellow attorney Lisa Hoppes at the Tarrant County criminal courthouse and they quickly became friends. In 1999, they joined forces and opened the first all-female law partnership in Tarrant County. The firm began taking on family law cases, which prompted Anita to become board certified in family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 2014.
“I became a family law attorney because those were the cases that came through the door – fate steered me towards it. Now, 20 years later, I feel tremendous satisfaction that I’ve helped so many Texas families navigate the complex legal and emotional aspects of divorce, child custody, child support, adoption and property issues.”
Since then, Anita and Lisa have built Hoppes & Cutrer into a successful family law firm that is respected by judges and other attorneys. Anita has received numerous awards and recognition during her career, including Top Attorney in 360 West and Fort Worth, Texas magazines, and she has been selected numerous times for the Texas Super Lawyers list in Texas Monthly, an exclusive honor only five percent of all practicing attorneys receive annually.
Anita provides clients a winning combination of expertise, experience and ethics. Clients can choose litigation, settlement, mediation or collaboration and know they are getting the best legal counsel.
Anita is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars for lawyers in family Law and is active in the Tarrant County Bar Association and Tarrant County Women’s Bar Association. She is also president of her Home Owners Association and enjoys spending time with her husband and two sons.