Scott Hendler is licensed in Texas, New Mexico, Illinois, and Pennsylvania, and regularly represents plaintiffs in complex injury litigation in state and federal courts throughout the United States. A cum laude graduate of the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Law, Mr. Hendler was an editor on the Journal of Law and Commerce. Following law school, he served as a Judicial Clerk to Chief Judge Robert Porter of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas.
As a seasoned advocate for victims of corporate misconduct, Scott 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 all the Central American nations regarding the use of tort law to address corporate malfeasance by foreign corporations. Scott’s international advocacy efforts on behalf of victims of toxic injuries include his 25 year-long legal fight against a group of multinational chemical manufacturers and banana companies on behalf of plantation workers from Central and South America who suffered permanent infertility from exposure to a banned pesticide. In 2016, Mr. Hendler obtained a unanimous en banc United States Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Bermudez Chavez, et al. v. Dole, et al. in favor of his clients. In 2003, Mr. Hendler successfully represented these plantation workers before the U.S. Supreme Court in Patrickson v. Dole, et al, resulting in a 9-0 decision in his clients’ favor.
As a young lawyer, Scott took on HB Fuller, a multinational shoe glue manufacturer based in St. Paul, Minnesota, for its exploitation adolescent street children in Central America addicted to the company’s shoe glue which had become the children’s narcotic of choice. Plaintiffs alleged that the Glue manufacturer was deliberately supplying the market with glue in amounts its own research revealed was far in excess of legitimate business needs. The litigation resulted in fundamental changes in corporate policy leading to the withdrawal of the toxic glue from store shelves.
Scott also successfully pursued a lawsuit against the Kubota Corporation of Japan, requiring service through international conventions and investigation in Japan. The case was brought on behalf of a 59-year-old guidance counselor from Austin, Texas who developed mesothelioma, the signature cancer of asbestos exposure, as a result of his work cutting asbestos pipes manufactured in Japan. The case culminated in a confidential settlement after a multi-day marathon negotiating session in Hawaii with Japanese corporate executives and their lawyers. He regularly represents mesothelioma patients and their families in asbestos disease lawsuits throughout the United States.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Scott 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, formerly the state's fair housing and fair employment practices enforcement agency. Scott is involved with a number of volunteer and community projects and organizations including the Rotary Club of Austin. He currently resides in Austin, Texas with his wife, Lulu Flores, a founding partner of Hendler Flores Law and a nationally recognized women’s rights activist prominent Hispanic attorney and community leader.