Scott Kafker serves as Chief Justice of the Massachusetts Appeals Court, where he guides a court composed of 25 statutory justices, He and his fellow justices rule on appeals from the Trial Courts of Massachusetts and take on approximately 1,700 cases annually. An appointed member of the Massachusetts Appeals Court since 2001, Scott Kafker has past experience as Massachusetts Port Authority’s chief legal counsel.

Chief Justice Kafker holds a JD from the University of Chicago Law School where he served as an editor of the law review. He practiced with Foley, Hoag & Elliot in Boston prior to serving as Governor William F. Weld’s deputy chief legal counsel. Taking his current position in 2015, he emphasized the importance of making the Massachusetts Appeals Court responsive to changes in the practice of law by making the Appeals Court faster, more specialized, more diverse, more collaborative, more data-driven and more technologically sophisticated.

Chief Justice Kafker has written more than 1,000 judicial opinions over the course of his career, as well as numerous legal book reviews and articles. Among the noteworthy cases he has decided is the class action Kwaak v. Pfizer (2008). He has a reputation for bringing a balanced and informed perspective to business disputes.