Michael Traficante joined Gunster’s Business Litigation practice in 2023 and has practiced law in Southwest Florida since 2006.

Michael’s practice is concentrated in complex commercial and civil litigation. He represents clients in various matters involving real property litigation, business litigation, probate and trust litigation, and commercial litigation, in both state and federal court and before arbitrators. Michael also has experience in various aspects of construction matters and construction litigation.  Michael strives to represent his clients with relentless energy and responsiveness, and approaches each litigation matter with the importance that it deserves.

He has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, he was named a Rising Star in the 2010 edition of Florida Super Lawyers and has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Litigation-Real Estate since 2018 and in the area of Litigation-Trusts and Estates since 2020 in the Fort Myers, Florida metropolitan area. Michael has also been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America© as the 2022 “Lawyer of the Year” for Litigation-Trusts and Estates in the Fort Myers, Florida metropolitan area.

  • Handled various matters concerning construction defect litigation, breach of contract, claims of lien, and wrongful termination – representing both contractors and owners.
  • Handled various business/partnership disputes, including obtained summary judgment on behalf of client determining rights of parties in and to a limited liability company
  • Defended against various claims raised against an estate as being untimely, including defended against various claims in excess of $11 million
  • Defended against various claims raised against a trustee or personal representative for breach of fiduciary duty, accounting, and surcharge
  • Defended against claims for tortious interference with an expectancy.
  • Obtained a summary judgment in excess of $1 million on behalf of a client against a bank that improperly deposited checks stolen from the client
  • Obtained a summary judgment on behalf of developer client against claims raised under the Interstate Land Sales Full Disclosure Act and Florida Condominium Act.
  • Obtained injunction against former owner/officer of client who violated non-compete/non-solicitation agreement
  • Prosecuted and defended against claims for defamation.
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
  • Florida Super Lawyers
  • AV rating as independently determined by Martindale-Hubbell
  • “Defective or Lost Instruments,” Florida Bar practice manual, Real Property Litigation, contributing author
  • American Bar Association
  • Florida Bar, Trial Lawyers, Real Property, Probate & Trust Law, and Business Law Sections
  • Collier County Bar Association, Real Estate and Trial Lawyers Sections
  • American Inns of Court, Thomas S. Biggs Section
  • Leadership Collier, Class of 2019
  • GAIN of Naples, Past Graduate
  • Collier County Bar Association, Past Director
  • Collier County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Past President
  • Collier County Bar Association Trial Lawyers Section, Past President
  • Collier County Bar Foundation, Past Board Member
  • Legal Aid Service of Collier County, Past Fundraising Development Board member
  • American Cancer Society, Volunteer
  • American Cancer Society, Past Chair, Relay for Life of Naples
  • Champions For Learning, Volunteer
  • Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida, Volunteer and Current Board Member
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