"Once I got to law school and started to get some conceptual idea of what it meant to be a lawyer, I recognized that what I cared about was representing ordinary people against the powerful, and that has really become the philosophy of my practice."
And that's what Scott set out to do: speak with a strong voice on behalf of those who suffer injustice at the hands of the powerful. As a young lawyer he began representing injured victims while practicing with a nationally recognized asbestos disease and toxic injury law firm in Dallas, Texas. When he decided to establish Hendler Lyons Flores in 1993, it seemed inevitable: the next logical step in his pursuit of justice would be to hold corporate wrongdoers accountable.
But even before he entered law school, Scott had shown his true passion by studying 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. Later, he served as Senior Investigator for the Texas Commission on Human Rights.
After he graduated with honors from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, Scott was appointed to serve as Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Robert Porter, Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Prior to that appointment he served a three-month term as Judicial Clerk Intern with Federal Judge John R. Brown of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
Success in his practice has not changed Scott's determination to focus on his primary goal: to earn the respect of his clients.
Honors and associations:
- Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating, 2003, for demonstrating the highest professional and ethical standards
- Finalist for "Trial Lawyer of the Year" 1992
- Licensed by both the State Bars of Texas and Pennsylvania
- Member of the Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Texas Trial Lawyers Association (TTLA),
- Former Texas State Coordinator for the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
- Graduate, National Institute of Trial Advocacy''s National Session
- Graduate, Harvard Negotiation Project's Program for Lawyers
- Former faculty member, The National Institute of Trial Advocacy program at LSU School of Law.
- Rothko Chapel Board of Directors
"When all is said and done, the only thing that really matters is the respect and care you give your clients. Talking about how many clients you represented, or how much money you made or cases you won doesn't mean anything if your clients have a negative experience with you. Recognizing the dignity and uniqueness of every person who comes through your door is what's really important because that's what people remember. "