Law Firm of Michael W. Porter
535 49th Street North
St. Petersburg, Florida 33710
(727) 327-7600


Michael W. Porter, Esquire, has been engaged in the practice of law primarily in the areas of Guardianship, Probate & Estate Administration, Trusts, Estate Planning, and Real Estate Law since his admission to the Florida Bar in 1986. He has attended and received credit for over 350 hours of continuing legal education, relating to probate, guardianship and estate planning. Since his admission to the Florida Bar, he has represented the guardian, the ward, or another interested person in over 1,000 guardianship matters.

He has authored numerous articles on subjects relating to Florida guardianship procedures, estate planning, and advance directives.

From 1989 to 2006, he taught various portions of the forty (40) hour guardianship training course, which was required of professional guardians, and the eight (8) hour family guardianship training course, at St. Petersburg College. In addition, he has lectured on various aspects of Florida Guardianship Law at meetings and seminars conducted by the St. Petersburg Bar Association, the Florida State Guardian's Association, and the Guardian's Association of Pinellas County, as well as having personally conducted several continuing education seminars for professional guardians. He is also a frequent speaker at hospitals, nursing homes, and other community forums on the topics of guardianship, advance directives, and estate planning.

Due to his experience, reputation, ability and diligence, in addition to his reliance upon a highly trained support staff, and the tools of technology, Michael W. Porter, Esquire is able to provide legal representation more efficiently and in less time than the average attorney.

He currently practices law as a shareholder in Michael W. Porter, P.A., providing legal services to clients located throughout Pinellas County, Florida. With an office located in St. Petersburg, Florida, he frequently meets with clients at hospitals, nursing homes, and even in their own homes when their physical limitations and circumstances make it impractical to meet at his office.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Guardianship
  • 25% Estate Planning
  • 25% Probate, Estate and Trust Administration

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1986


  • Widener University School of Law, Wilmington, Delaware, 1986 Juris Doctor
  • High Point College, High Point, North Carolina, USA, 1982 B.A.
            Double Major: Political Science & History
            Double Minor: Business & International Relations 

Published Works

  • Guardianship Court Documentation and Record Keeping, Pinellas County Guardian Association, Sept., 1999
  • Termination of Florida Guardianships, St. Petersburg College, Training Manual, 2000

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Numerous Guardian Seminars, Guardian Association of Pinellas County, Inc., 1989 - 2006
  • Guardian Training, St. Petersburg College, 1989 - 2006
  • Advance Directives Seminars, Palms of Pasadena Hospital, 1993 - 2000

Honors and Awards

  • Sertoman of the Year, 1988 - 1989

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Suncoast Estate Planning Council, Member, 2011 - present 
  • Lighthouse of Pinellas, Inc., Director, 2010 - present
    • Chairman of the Board 2013 - 2015, and 2019 - present
  • Thomas E. Penick, Jr. Elder Law American Inn of Court, Founding Member May 2014 - present
    • Treasurer, May 2014 - May 2018
  • St. Petersburg Bar Association, Member 1986 - present
  • Pinellas County Estate Planning Council, Member, 2011 - 2018 
  • Christian Recovery Centers, Inc., 1988 - 2006 - President and Director
  • Guardian Association of Pinellas County, Inc., 1989 - 1993 - Legal Counsel
  • Sertoma Club of St. Petersburg, Florida, 1989 - 1992 - President, Vice President and Director
  • Apollo (f/k/a Greenbrook Nursing and Rehabilitation Center), 1989 - 2003 - Ethics Committee Member
  • Bon Secours Maria Manor, 2001 - 2006 - Ethics Committee Member
  • North Rehabilitation Center, 2005 - 2006 - Ethics Committee Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Representation of guardians of indigent wards of the court, 1987 - Present
  • Legal Advice to persons recovering from drug and alcohol abuse, 1987 - 2006

Birth Information

  • 1961, near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America