Dave Marburger is an authority on litigating legal issues arising from the content side of communications and litigating issues of constitutional law, with Cleveland Magazine naming David as one of Cleveland's 20 "Most Interesting People." Dave is one of only 27 lawyers in Ohio certified as a specialist in appellate law and has handled more than 20 cases before the Ohio Supreme Court, the state's highest court. He has litigated more than 250 libel cases, challenged the constitutionality of more than 35 laws and court orders, defended against over two dozen prior restraints, sued for access more than 50 times to open the files and proceedings of state, local and federal government agencies and courts, and defended and pursued dozens of copyright claims. He has represented online media, major national television and radio networks, newspapers, book publishers, magazines, outdoor advertising companies and wire services. A driven competitor, Dave is unusually "hands on" in trying to deliver the full benefit of his experience developed over some 30 years of his focused practice of law. Clients who retain Dave for his specialty get Dave.
Dave co-authored Access With Attitude, a 350-page "advocate's guide to freedom of information in Ohio," published by Ohio University Press, with former investigative reporter Karl Idsvoog. About the book, retired Ohio Supreme Court Justice Andrew Douglas said, "it cannot be denied that this primer in the law of 'open records' is dynamite and is a must read . . . The authors' razor-sharp intellects come through on almost every page." Dave and his brother Daniel, a professor of economics, wrote a nationally-publicized 70-page white paper concluding that unexpected side effects of the federal copyright law have combined with the unique qualities of the Internet and inevitable laws of economics to threaten the survival of any firm that originates daily written news reports online. The Los Angeles Times published a condensed version of their analysis as a Sunday op-ed essay, and the Associated Press Society of Ohio specially recognized Dave "for serving with exceptional distinction and honor and upholding the highest ideals of journalism." The Media Institute, a policy think-tank in Washington, D.C., said that the newspaper industry "might owe a debt of gratitude" to the Marburger brothers "who have combined their expertise in economics and the law to analyze the problem and come up with a potential solution." (Providing a foundation for newspapers and other originators of daily news reports to revive their ability to profit from traditional daily news coverage Published by: David Marburger and Daniel Marburger) Dave was a journalist in a top-10 market before becoming a lawyer.