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Chosen as one of Manatee County’s Top Ten Legal Legends in 2013, the 2002 recipient of the Manatee County Bar Association Lifetime Achievement Award and also chosen as one of the top ten most influential attorneys in the Gulf Coast Business Review’s 2002 poll, Gregory Porges was born in Long Island City, New York, on November 25, 1939. He attended St. John’s University and Spring Hill College (B.S.C., Alpha Sigma Nu, 1962). He earned his J.D. at Fordham University in 1968, replacing the LL.B conferred by that institution in 1966. He served as Trust Officer with Empire Trust Company, The Bank of New York, and Manatee National Bank during the period 1962 to 1970 and began the practice of law with this firm in April 1970.

When coupled with his tenure in trust banking, Mr. Porges has sixty years of experience in the field of trusts and estates. In addition, Mr. Porges has maintained an active practice in corporation and business law, including mergers and acquisitions, as well as in banking and finance, serving for twelve years as a director and executive committee member of Barnett Bank of Manatee County. Mr. Porges also represented the Board of Trustees of State College of Florida for forty years and, for many years, served as legal counsel to major cable television providers with regard to franchise and local government matters.

Past member of Twelfth Judicial Circuit Florida Bar Grievance


  • Fordham University School of Law, New York, New York, 1968 J.D., replaced LL.B. conferred, 1966
  • St. John’s University and Spring Hill College, 1962 B.S.C., Honors: Alpha Signa Nu

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1967
  • Florida, 1969
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida, 1971
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1971

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Manatee Community Foundation Founder, Past President and Trustee
  • Manatee County Estate Planning Council, Past Member
  • Manatee County Bar Association, Member
  • New York State Bar Association, Member
  • The Library Foundation, Past Chairman and current Board Member
  • Tampa Bay Partnership Transportation Task Force – Past Member
  • Manatee County Economic Development Council, Past Chairman
  • The Stillinger Foundation, Director
  • State College of Florida – Past General Counsel
  • State College of Florida Foundation, Past President and Trustee
  • St. Stephen’s Episcopal School, Past President, Director and General Counsel
  • Public School Education Committee, Past Chairman
  • Manatee County Chamber of Commerce, Past Vice President and Trustee
  • Leadership Manatee Program, Past Director and Executive Committee Member
  • Gulf Coast Marine Institute, Past President and Director
  • City of Bradenton Library Board, Past Director
  • Manatee County Mental Health Board, Past Vice-Chairman
  • American Cancer Society, Manatee County, Past Crusade Chairman
  • Manatee Foundation for Future Scientists, Past Board Member
  • Manatee County Boys’ Clubs, Past Director
  • Barnett Bank of Manatee County, Past Director and Executive Committee Member
  • Propeller Club of Port Manatee, Past Board Member and Past President
  • Planned Parenthood of Southeast and Central Florida, Past Board Member and Vice-Chairman
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