David Marburger is an accomplished First Amendment lawyer and former journalist. Throughout his career he has represented multiple media outlets. Now serving as partner in Cleveland office of Baker Hostetler.
He is an Ohio Bar Association member and Super Lawyers selection. Additionally, he co-authored Access with Attitude: An Advocate’s Guide to Freedom of Information in Ohio.
Early Life and Education
David Marburger grew up on a small farm in Oklahoma where he developed his interest in agricultural science. Through studying and working alongside fellow crop science students and professionals, his knowledge expanded quickly.
David earned both his B.S. in Crop Science from the University of Illinois and M.S. in Agricultural Management from University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
David held numerous roles, from field research to corporate leadership roles. For seven years he served as Chief Financial Officer at Godiva Chocolatier; today, he holds this same title at Conagra Brands.
Marburger, one of Cleveland’s premier attorneys, specializes in First Amendment law and libel law. Over his 19-year career he has litigated more than 100 First Amendment cases as well as defending news organizations in nearly 70 libel and privacy lawsuits according to Baker Hostetler’s website biography.
He also represented a newspaper in an open government case that set a national precedent.
He is a member of both the American Bar Association and Cleveland chapter of Society for Professional Journalists, where he served as president. Additionally, he was honored with membership to American College of Media Lawyers as a Fellow and was given SPJ’s first prize award for legal achievements in media. Furthermore, he frequently appears as an analyst on local and national TV channels such as The Plain Dealer, CNN and KQV all-news radio stations as a regular commentator.
Achievement and Honors
Marburger made headlines for more reasons than simply winning the title of Navy chief. She was honored as an employee of the year by her Navy for providing outstanding support during recent military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. He received the Enso Award for outstanding performance in maritime logistics. Unbeknown to many, his job entails overseeing a network of logistics agents that supply critical supplies and services to Navy ships at sea as well as land and air assets near the Pacific Rim. He boasts an exceptional work ethic while remaining dedicated to his family – even being given regular access to see their grandchildren! With such an impressive list of achievements to his name, it’s no secret why so many are proud to call the Navy their home.
David Marburger was deeply shaped by his family. Raised on a farm, he learned all aspects of growing and harvesting crops – as well as understanding crop insurance policies – from seedling to harvest.
At the University of Illinois, he studied crop sciences and built relationships in his field. With their help, his knowledge and expertise enabled him to advance his career as a small grains extension specialist at Oklahoma State University.
He successfully battled against public shaming by the politically correct, which resulted in Ohio Supreme Court determining in 2007 that county courts must provide CDs of recorded deeds and mortgages at a discounted cost, or for no more than what was charged by previous county courts.