Distinguished by his experience in legal action against multinational corporations, Austin-based attorney Scott Hendler has pursued justice for victims of corporate wrongdoing throughout the U.S. and across the globe.
As a longtime advocate for victims of multinational corporate misconduct, Mr. Hendler is an authority on the impact of corporate malfeasance on workers’ and consumers’ rights. He has been invited to speak at international conferences in Spain, Mexico, Japan and Scotland, as well as Guatemala where he addressed a meeting of the attorney generals of Central America.
Mr. Hendler’s international advocacy efforts on behalf of workers include his 22 year long battle against a group of multinational chemical manufacturers and banana companies. Since 1993, he has represented banana plantation workers from Central and South America for their chemical sterilization from exposure to a banned pesticide. Despite knowledge of the risk of harm to workers, the banana companies continued to use the chemical on its plantations in Central and South America. In 2003, Mr. Hendler successfully represented thousands of these plantation workers in Patrickson v. Dole, et al, before the U.S. Supreme Court who decided in favor of the plaintiffs, setting a precedent and allowing workers to take the responsible companies to court for their injuries.
Mr. Hendler recently represented a 60 year-old guidance counselor in a successful cutting edge Mesothelioma lawsuit against the Kubota Corporation of Japan, requiring service of the lawsuit through international conventions and investigation in Japan. Mr. Hendler’s client contracted Mesothelioma, the signature cancer of asbestos exposure, as a result of his work 40 years earlier cutting asbestos pipes imported to the U.S. by Kubota. Kubota’s misconduct is especially notorious in Japan where the company was forced to formally apologize to an entire town for the high number of mesothelioma cases the dust from their deadly asbestos ridden operations caused in the local neighborhood.
Mr. Hendler has also taken on a multinational glue corporation for its exploitation of Central American Street Children addicted to the company’s shoe glue, which had become the narcotic of choice among adolescent children. The litigation resulted in fundamental changes in corporate policy leading to the withdrawal of the toxic glue from store shelves.
A significant part of Mr. Hendler's practice involves representing individuals and their families who are battling Mesothelioma, the signature disease of Asbestos exposure, against the Asbestos Industry throughout the United States. He has obtained record verdicts and settlments for his clients in some of the most challenging and difficult Mesothelioma cases in the country. He has handled Mesothelioma cases since 1991.
In 1993, Mr. Hendler founded Austin-based HendlerLaw, now Hendler Lyons Flores, (www.HendlerLaw.com) to challenge corporate misconduct and represent clients throughout the world in complex toxic injury litigation. Mr. Hendler graduated cum laude from the University Of Pittsburgh School of Law, where he was an editor on the Journal of Law and Commerce. He subsequently served as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Robert W. Porter, Chief Judge of the Northern District of Texas.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Hendler studied international human rights law and policy at the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, a court of international law of the Organization of American States. He later served as senior investigator for the Texas Commission on Human Rights, at the time, the state's fair employment practices enforcement agency.
Mr. Hendler is actively involved with a number of public interest and community projects. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, Lulu Flores, an attorney. You may review Mr. Hendler's LinkedIn Professional Profile at
Languages spoken: Spanish, English, French
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|NM||Authorized to practice law||2016||03/09/2016|
|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2014||08/10/2016|
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1989||09/22/2016|
|HI||Limited license to appear with local counsel||Unknown||06/04/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Defender of Animal Rights||Animal Legal Defense Fund||2015|
|Livable Vision Award for Innovative Public Involvement||Livable Cities||2007|
|"Good Guys National Award for Service to Organization||National Women's Political Caucus||2003|
|Champions of Justice Award||Texas Watch||2000|
|Trial Lawyer of the Year - Finalist and Runner-Up||Trial Lawyers for Public Justice||1992|
|CEO & Managing Attorney||Hendler Lyons Flores, PLLC||2014 - Present|
|Principal and Founder/ Managing Attorney||HendlerLaw, P.C.||1993 - Present|
|Associate||Baron & Budd, A Professional Corporation||1991 - 1993|
|Associate||Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LL||1990 - 1991|
|Judicial Law Clerk||United States District Court for the Northen District of Texas||1989 - 1990|
|Judcial Law Clerk Intern||United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit||1987 - 1987|
|Senior Investigator||Texa Commission On Human Rights||1984 - 1985|
|Intern||Inter-American Court of Human Rights||1983 - 1984|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|SaveTownLake.org||President||2006 - Present|
|Austin Bar Association||Member||2005 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||1997 - Present|
|American Association of Justice||Member||1991 - Present|
|The Rothko Chapel||Board of Directors||2000 - 2008|
|Texas Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||1995 - 2005|
|Patrickson v. Dole Food Company and The Dow Chemical Corporation||Unanimous decision by The Supreme Court of Hawai'i Reversing 5-0|
|DOLE FOOD CO., INC. v. PATRICKSON, et al.||9-0 unanimous decision by United States Supreme Court|
|LOPEZ v. OWENS CORNING FIBERGLAS||12.7 million dollar verdict|
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|The Inter-American Bar Association||Bend It Like Beckham: Forum Manipulation And Abuse Of The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act by Multinational Corporations||2004|
|Harvard University Law School Program for Lawyers||Harvard Negotiation Project||Negotiation||1997|
|University of Pittsburgh School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1988|
|University of Pittsburgh||Poliical and Legal History||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1982|
|Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee||View from the Plaintiffs’ Attorney Perspective: What is Driving Litigation Today and Where is it Headed?||2016|
|Interview with Scott Hendler of Hendler Lyons Flores PLLC||Personal Injury Law and International Human Rights: Litigating Toxic Injustices,||2016|
|Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee, Annual CLE||Views from the Front: Plaintiffs’ Perspective on Toxic Tort Litigation||2015|
|Plaintiffs Asbestos Lawyers Annual Conference||Persuasive Witness Communication||2010|
|McGeorge School of Law||Transnational Tort Litigation: A Plaintiff's Lawyer's Perspective||2010|
|Annual Plaintiffs Asbestos Lawyers Conference||ATT's Asbestos Liability||2008|
|International Congress On Class Actions: Access To Justice For Consumers||International Conference on Class Action — “Class Actions Against Transnational Corporations: An Option for Mexico?”||2007|
|International Conference on Asbestos||Kubota Corporation's Asbestos Liability in the United States||2007|
|Joint Annual Conference of the Law Society of Scotland and the Law Society of Northern Ireland||Solo and Small Firm Managment Strategies||2004|
|Inter-American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Madrid, Spain||Bend It Like Beckham: Forum Manipulation And Abuse Of The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act by Multinational Corporations||2002|