Mike Murburg, An Attorney For Tampa’s Social Security Disability Cases
Mike has been a dedicated Florida disability attorney since 1986. Admitted to practice in Florida, Washington State, Federal Courts for the Middle District of Florida and the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals and before the United States Supreme Court, Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims. He is a member of the Hillsborough, Pinellas and Pasco County Bar Associations and is a member in good standing with the National Organization for Social Security Claimants’ Representatives.
Michael Murburg, Jr., “Mike” was an academic scholarship recipient and graduated from Princeton University in 1977. While there, Mike majored in history and lettered in both football & wrestling. Mike led his wrestling team to two consecutive Ivy League Championships and went to the NCAA Wrestling Championships in 1975. In 1977, after a brief stint on Wall Street, Mike found the ethics of Wall Street abysmal and left to teach. In 1979, Mike moved to the Tampa Bay area where he taught and coached football teams at Clearwater and Tarpon Springs High Schools, winning two county championships before entering law school in 1983. In 1986, Mike graduated from Florida State University, College of Law Cum Laude (with honors) and helped found the law school’s highly successful mock trial team. During that time Mike also worked full time to support his new family as a law clerk to the Florida Bar in their ethics division and also worked as an adjunct volunteer to North Florida Legal Services where he first became experienced in the needs of representing and counseling the disabled and their families.
After graduating from law school, Mike served between 1986 and 1990 as an Assistant State Attorney for the Sixth Judicial Circuit in Pasco and Pinellas Counties, where he was responsible for the prosecution of over 7,000 criminal cases, ranging from minor crimes to homicides. During that time, Mike developed his trial skills and led his office to place second in the State of Florida for a percentage of successful prosecutions in his last two years as an Assistant State Attorney. Mike has personally litigated to verdict over 90 civil and criminal trials with a success rate of nearly ninety percent. He has personally handled and litigated to conclusion over 3,500 Social Security Disability claims.
In 1990, Mike left the office of the State Attorney to work as a lead trial counsel for the St. Petersburg, Florida law firm of Yanchuck, Thompson, Young and Breman, P.A., where he was the firm’s lead trial counsel and practiced in the areas of plaintiff’s personal injury, medical malpractice, workers’ compensation and social security disability. During this time, Mike also served as an appointee to the Board of Directors to the Bay Area Legal Services, an organization that gives legal representation to the poor without cost in Hillsborough and Pasco Counties.
Creating Mike Murburg, P.A.
In 1992, Mike began his own law firm, Mike Murburg, P.A. Originally the firm had one office in New Port Richey, Florida. As his practice expanded and his firm grew, Mike opened six additional offices to serve clients throughout the greater Tampa Bay and Nature Coast area. Mike now routinely practices before the Administrative Law Judges in the Tampa, Orlando and Ocala areas as well as in other such Courts from as far south as Puerto Rico to as far north as Maine and along the East Coast, and as far west as Indianapolis and in cities like New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago.
Mike’s popularity and the growth of his firm reflect both his ability and his “down to earth” attitude, as well as a dedication to professional excellence. Mike’s history of assisting the disabled and helping the injured are reflected not only in his long history of public service but in his pro-bono work for the indigent and the poor. However, Mike’s life has not been as easy as one might think.
In 1996, Mike was diagnosed with Meniere’s disease, a potentially disabling condition which almost caused Mike to be unable to work. The condition forced Mike to have to look realistically at the prospects of being a single parent of two small children and having to file for disability. Fortunately, Mike overcame the disease, but his awareness of the fear of what it means to be disabled never left. In 1996, Mike intentionally began to reduce his civil trial caseload and to expand his disability practice so as to help as many clients as he could, hence the creation of Disabilityattorney.net and this website. This dedication was only renewed when he was diagnosed with a retinal sarcoma in 2005. Mike is now cancer free and is a multiple year survivor and the prognosis for both him and his ability to serve his clients remains excellent. Mike is not one to quit fighting either for his clients or for himself, and he is honored and privileged to do the work he does for them. For Mike, “Doing the work I do for the disabled is more a calling than a livelihood. It is what gets me up in the morning. I have never had more meaningful work and do not expect that I ever will. My clients need help and we will help as many as we professionally and possibly can. I think that other than laying down one’s life for his fellow man as my son did in June of 2008, there is perhaps, no more noble a calling”.