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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, ( 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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Practice areas


  1. Mesothelioma: 50%
    250 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 30%
    25 years, 150 cases
  3. Personal Injury: 20%
    25 years, 150 cases



Contingent (33-40%)

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    I highly endorse this lawyer's work. Scott is an extremely talented lawyer with whom I've had the pleasure of working on several matters. Scott combines a keen strategic sense with a brilliant understanding of complex legal questions. He's also very hardworking lawyer and a genuine pleasure to be around. He is adept at handling mass tort cases involving hundreds and even thousands of plaintiffs, sophisticated scientific evidence, and knotty procedural questions. I highly recommend him.


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Hendler Lyons Flores

1301 West 25th Street
Ste 400
Austin, TX, 78705-4236


NMAuthorized to practice law201603/09/2016
ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law201405/11/2016
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198908/17/2016
HILimited license to appear with local counselUnknown06/04/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Defender of Animal RightsAnimal Legal Defense Fund2015
Livable Vision Award for Innovative Public InvolvementLivable Cities2007
"Good Guys National Award for Service to OrganizationNational Women's Political Caucus2003
AV RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
Champions of Justice AwardTexas Watch2000
Trial Lawyer of the Year - Finalist and Runner-UpTrial Lawyers for Public Justice1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
CEO & Managing AttorneyHendler Lyons Flores, PLLC2014 - Present
Principal and Founder/ Managing AttorneyHendlerLaw, P.C.1993 - Present
AssociateBaron & Budd, A Professional Corporation1991 - 1993
AssociateAkin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LL1990 - 1991
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States District Court for the Northen District of Texas1989 - 1990
Judcial Law Clerk InternUnited States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit1987 - 1987
Senior InvestigatorTexa Commission On Human Rights1984 - 1985
InternInter-American Court of Human Rights1983 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
SaveTownLake.orgPresident2006 - Present
Austin Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1997 - Present
American Association of JusticeMember1991 - Present
The Rothko ChapelBoard of Directors2000 - 2008
Texas Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1995 - 2005
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DOLE FOOD CO., INC. v. PATRICKSON, et al.9-0 unanimous decision by United States Supreme Court
LOPEZ v. OWENS CORNING FIBERGLAS12.7 million dollar verdict
BENJAMIN BAKER v. OWENS CORNING FIBERGLAS21.9 Million Dollar Verdict for Plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Inter-American Bar AssociationBend It Like Beckham: Forum Manipulation And Abuse Of The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act by Multinational Corporations2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolHarvard Negotiation ProjectNegotiation1997
University of Pittsburgh School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of PittsburghPoliical and Legal HistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Toxic Tort and Environmental Law CommitteeView from the Plaintiffs’ Attorney Perspective: What is Driving Litigation Today and Where is it Headed?2016
Interview with Scott Hendler of Hendler Lyons Flores PLLCPersonal Injury Law and International Human Rights: Litigating Toxic Injustices,2016
Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Committee, Annual CLEViews from the Front: Plaintiffs’ Perspective on Toxic Tort Litigation2015
Plaintiffs Asbestos Lawyers Annual ConferencePersuasive Witness Communication2010
McGeorge School of LawTransnational Tort Litigation: A Plaintiff's Lawyer's Perspective2010
Annual Plaintiffs Asbestos Lawyers ConferenceATT's Asbestos Liability2008
International Congress On Class Actions: Access To Justice For ConsumersInternational Conference on Class Action — “Class Actions Against Transnational Corporations: An Option for Mexico?”2007
International Conference on AsbestosKubota Corporation's Asbestos Liability in the United States2007
Joint Annual Conference of the Law Society of Scotland and the Law Society of Northern IrelandSolo and Small Firm Managment Strategies2004
Inter-American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Madrid, SpainBend It Like Beckham: Forum Manipulation And Abuse Of The Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act by Multinational Corporations2002