National & International Cases
HendlerFlores Law is based in Austin, Texas; but, we battle injustice wherever we find it—across the country and around the world. Our reputation for success is hard earned and well deserved. And that reputation connects us to clients, referring lawyers and people from all walks of life and backgrounds. We are there when they need trial lawyers with the experience, skill and resources to handle a potentially difficult case involving serious injuries. And when we need strategic partners to practice in states where we’re not yet licensed, we have them—carefully vetted law firms we’ve successfully worked with in the past.
Because of our firm’s national practice, our lawyers are licensed to practice in multiple states:
- New Mexico
HendlerFlores Law has significant experience representing foreign nationals in lawsuits filed in U.S. courts. For more than 20 years, we have represented a group of Latin American banana plantation workers who were injured by exposure to DBCP, a pesticide that has been banned in this country for decades. After trips to two State Supreme Courts as well as the U.S. Supreme Court, the DBCP transnational litigation is still pending in Delaware and Hawaii. Because of Scott Hendler’s experience in the early stages of this litigation representing a discreet group of banana workers from Costa Rica, his background in international human rights law and policy, and his track record for representing workers, he was contacted by Central American human rights groups and Latin American labor unions affiliated with the AFL-CIO. They invited him to represent thousands of workers who belonged to their organizations and did not have any way of pursuing their rights against the multi-national corporations responsible for their injuries.
More recently, the firm has filed a lawsuit in federal court in Texas on behalf of a young Dutch widow and her family. Her husband, a Dutch national, was killed while attending a popular Austin music festival because the organizer chose not to take measures to prevent drunk drivers from driving through established festival zones.
Our firm was hired after the victim’s family spoke with a lawyer in Amsterdam, who contacted a well-known Boston trial attorney, who then referred that lawyer to the one firm he believed was right for the case: HendlerFlores Law. The Boston lawyer knew of us because of our national reputation for successfully resolving difficult, high value cases.
In other cases, HendlerFlores Law has been hired—based on our solid reputation in complex wrongful death litigation—to represent the families of victims who lived and died outside the state of Texas. In a New Mexico lawsuit, we represented the parents of two teenage sisters killed in a drunk driving crash after two separate restaurants over-served an already intoxicated customer who then rammed his truck into the family’s car where the girls were riding. The patriarch of that Navajo family asked for guidance from his childhood friend, who was the former Attorney General of the Navajo Nation. That tribal leader recommended that his friend hire HendlerFlores Law and their New Mexico strategic partner Zackeree Kelin of The Kelin Law Firm. The former Attorney General knew of our work in connection with a case we handled for a Navajo family in Arizona that made a positive impression on him.
In a different case filed in California, our client is a former Vice President of the University of Texas. His sister, a California resident, died in Nevada as a result of lap band surgery that was negligently performed in California. The defendant company’s wrongdoing was exposed in a Dateline television episode, which detailed an ongoing criminal investigation that has resulted in the company’s indictment on federal charges. Even though the lawsuit had to be filed in California, our client selected HendlerFlores Law to handle the matter because he knew of our strong reputation. We partnered with one of our California strategic partners to work with us on the case and the litigation is still continuing.
When an Illinois lawyer was appointed to the federal bench, her law partner decided to wind up the Illinois practice. She needed to refer all of the firm’s clients. And she first reached out to HendlerFlores Law, PLLC.
Our national reputation even serves us well in Texas cases. In one case, for instance, our client’s 19-year-old son was shot and killed by a Bexar County, Texas (San Antonio) sheriff’s deputy. He was unarmed, drunk and home on leave from the Army, wandering down a country road late at night. When his mother learned of his death, she immediately phoned her cousin who was a criminal forensic scientist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; the cousin asked a Maryland lawyer she knew to find a qualified Texas lawyer to handle the case; he recommended that the family hire a lawyer at HendlerFlores Law.
When a prominent non-governmental child advocacy organization operating in Central America needed bold and courageous trial lawyers to take on an American glue manufacturer, which was turning a blind eye to its product becoming the narcotic of choice among adolescent street children, the NGO organization reached out to the Public Justice Foundation in Washington, D.C. While Public Justice couldn’t take on the case, the director thought of Scott Hendler because of his national reputation for taking on difficult transnational cases. He referred the NGO to Scott, who assembled a consortium of lawyers and nationally recognized experts to represent the children in Central America.
It’s not always easy representing clients across the country or halfway around the globe. But our reputation for tackling challenging cases involving serious injuries brings us clients from all sorts of circumstances. We’re proud to be recognized by our clients and by referring lawyers as skilled and experienced trial lawyers who won’t shy away from a challenge, even if it’s not exactly in our backyard.
If you are in need of fearless, bold and experienced trial lawyers to handle a complex national or transnational personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit, contact us today. We’ll discuss your case with you and give you our best advice on what your options are, and how we think you should proceed—all for free. If you decide to hire us, our fee is paid only from what we recover for you, so you’re never out of pocket and there’s no risk. Let us help.