On November 28, 2022, the Presiding Disciplinary Judge of the Supreme Court of Arizona issued an order of disbarment of Miami Beach attorney Joseph MorBurger over the case of misappropriation.
The Case is entitled “In the matter of Arthur Joseph Morburger”, with case No. PDJ 2022-9066.
The Respondent was ordered to receive funds and hold them in trust. However, when the court ordered that those funds be dispersed to the appropriate party, the Respondent did not comply with the said order. The Respondent rather facilitated the misappropriations of the same to a company owned by his friend. Moreover, the respondent made misrepresentations regarding these events in testimony, to the Bar, and the referee in his testimony during the final hearing in the matter.
The filing states:
“The misconduct Respondent committed in Florida would also warrant disbarment in Arizona particularly given the numerous aggravating factors found by the Florida authorities. See ABA Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions, Standards 5.11(b), 7.1. See also ln re Varbel, 182 Ariz. 451, 454 (1995) (dying during disciplinary proceedings “is one of the most serious ethical violations an attorney can commit and, absent mitigating circumstances, warrants the ultimate sanction of disbarment.”
It was therefore ordered by the Court that the Respondent be disbarred and stricken from the rolls of lawyers authorized to practice law in Arizona effective immediately.
As of today, Mr. Morburger’s info can be found on martindale.com. He attended Harvard University, graduating in 1960. Marburger practices in Miami Beach, Florida. He is licensed in Arizona with license #1499, as well as in Florida, Kentucky, and New York.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.