On Tuesday, December 12, 2023, Attorney Michael J. Traft was reinstated to the practice of law by the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court after having his license suspended for six months.

The case is entitled “In the Matter of Michael J. Traft,” with case no. BD-2022-081.

On February 21, 2023, Justice Kafker of the Supreme Judicial Court issued an order suspending Traft for six months and one day, effective March 23, 2023, for misconduct in representing a client in a civil litigation appeal. The misconduct stemmed from Traft’s representation of a client contesting an $84,000 post-judgment award of attorney’s fees against him. Traft failed to inform the client that statutory interest would accrue on the judgment during any appeal. He also missed the filing deadline for the appeal. While the appeal was dismissed as untimely, Traft continued working on the case and paying himself from the retainer, without providing required billing statements to the client.

An arbitrator later ordered Traft to refund $8,400 to the client. Additionally, Traft’s malpractice insurance had lapsed during his representation but he failed to disclose this on his registration forms for four years. In its judgment, the Supreme Judicial Court concluded that Traft violated several rules regarding competence, diligence, communication, and conduct.

After serving his six-month suspension, Traft filed an affidavit of compliance on December 8, 2023, seeking reinstatement. Assistant Bar Counsel assented to reinstatement without a hearing. On December 12, 2023, the Court entered a Judgment of Reinstatement, officially reinstating Traft’s license to practice law in Massachusetts.

The Disposition states:

“Upon consideration thereof, it is ORDERED and ADJUDGED that MICHAEL J. TRAFT be, and hereby is reinstated as a member of the bar of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.”

According to avvo.com, Mr. Traft is an appeals attorney in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended the Suffolk University Law School, graduating in 1976. He acquired his law license in Massachusetts in 1977.

A copy of the original filing can be found here.