Fitness Law Academy

Enhancing Fitness Safety through Education

David L. Herbet, J.D.

David L. Herbert is an Ohio attorney with more than 30 years experience in the fitness, sports medicine and recreation industries.  He has served as legal counsel and/or a member of the writing group for a number of organizations that have adopted industry standards or guidelines including those developed by ACSM, NSCA and AFAA.  He has lectured or made presentations before every prominent industry organization including ACSM, NSCA, NATA, AOASM, The Cleveland Clinic, Heart Watchers International and numerous other national and regional societies, hospitals and organizations.  


He is author or co-author of over 35 books and book chapters and more than 600 articles published in such periodicals as Fitness Management, The Physician and Sports Medicine magazine, American Fitness, ACSM's Health and Fitness Journal, The Exercise Standards and Malpractice Reporter, The Sports Medicine Standards and Malpractice Reporter, The Sports, Parks and Recreation Law Reporter, the Akron Law Review, the Ohio Northern Law Review, the Judges Journal, the Practical Lawyer, Best's Review, ISSA Personal Trainer, Optimal Health Journal, the American Journal of Trial Advocacy,  and countless others.  


He is the author of a new fictional novel entitled The Personal Trainer, A Tale of Pain, Gain, Greed and Lust, www.ThePersonalTraineronline.com.  The book explores the fitness industry and a personal trainer’s confrontation with the legal system.


He practices law in Northeastern Ohio and provides legal services to those in the exercise and fitness industries, insurance carriers, health care providers, plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury/wrongful death litigation, business transactions and litigation and various estate matters.  He is considered one of the foremost legal practitioners to be involved in fitness and sports medicine law and risk management.  He was a member of the NSF International Health/Fitness Facility Committee which developed a national standard for the fitness industry.