VINCENT G. TORPY, JR.
DEGREES: Brevard Community College, Cocoa, Florida, A.A., A.S. 1980; University of
Central Florida, B.A., Magna Cum Laude 1981; The Florida State University, J.D., with
highest honors, 1983 (graduated second in class).
PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE: Judge, Fifth District Court of Appeal, January, 2003, -
Present; Circuit Judge, 18th Judicial Circuit, December 1999 through January, 2003;
Partner, Frese, Nash & Torpy, P.A., Melbourne, Florida, 1986-1999; Associate Attorney, Peirsol, Boroughs, Grimm, Bennett
& Griffin, P.A., Orlando, Florida 1983 - 1986; Adjunct Professor, University of Central
Florida, Orlando, Florida, 1986 - 2003; Police Officer, Town of Indialantic Police
Department, Indialantic, Florida, 1975 - 1981.
BAR OFFICES AND ACTIVITIES: The Brevard County Bar Association; Vassar Carlton Chapter of American Inns of Court, Emeritus Member (President
2003-2004; Master 1997-2004); Grievance Committee Member, Eighteenth Circuit,
1994 - 1997; Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer, 1993 - 1999; Board Certified Business
Ligitation Lawyer, 1997 - 1999.
HONORS AND DISTINCTIONS: Editor and Member, The Florida State University College
of Law, Law Review; Order of the Coif; Martindale-Hubbell “A.V.” attorney rating;
PUBLICATIONS: “Police Officer May Not Be Dismissed For Failure to Take Polygraph,”
11 Fla. State Univ. L. Rev. 697 (1983); “United States v. Ross and The Container Cases,
10 Fla. State Univ. L. Rev. 471 (1982).
OTHER CIVIC ACTIVITIES: General Counsel, Brevard County Sheriff’s Office, 1996 -
1999; Part-time Deputy Sheriff, Brevard County Sheriff’s Department, 1997 - 1999;
Director, Police Althletic League, 1997 - 1999; Director, Children’s Advocacy Center, 1998;
Board Attorney, Melbourne Fire Pension Board, 1997 - 1999; Board Attorney, Melbourne
Police Pension Board, 1989 - 1991; Board Attorney, Satellite Beach Police and Fire
Pension Board, 1997 - 1999; Assistant City Attorney, City of Sebastian, 1989-1995.