Herschel L. Hobson, Ph.D, J.D.

E-Mail: lbailey@hobsonlaw.com

As early as 1970, Dr. Hobson had committed himself to protecting working men and women in Texas from chemical exposure both in the work place and the home environment. Since Dr. Hobson received his license to practice law in the state of Texas in 1983, he has also fought for the rights of these men and women in the courts. Herschel L. Hobson, Ph.D., J.D. is a retired licensed Professional Engineer in Civil Engineering (Sanitary) by the state of Texas and he received his Ph.D. in Environmental Health from the University of Oklahoma, Health Sciences Center, School of Public Health. Dr. Hobson's knowledge in these legal and non-legal areas is particularly helpful in litigating chemical exposure cases for:

Persons diagnosed with mesothelioma, lung cancer, asbestos-related pleural disease, angiosarcoma, acute myelogenous leukemia, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, multiple myeloma, aplastic anemia and myelodysplastic syndrome, and cases with these same diseases but referred by other lawyers and law firms.

As a leading personal injury and Texas Mesothelioma lawyer, Dr. Hobson is referred or associated in cases from attorneys in other states, including Alabama, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania and Texas, where he has served as co-counsel, local counsel or technical expert witness.

Dr. Hobson has litigated cases to a verdict in both the Texas state and federal court systems. Many of his cases, if not tried to a verdict are settled prior to trial. The cases that Dr. Hobson tried to a verdict and/or settled were against the following companies:

The manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos, benzene and vinyl chloride and major oil and chemical companies, including but not limited to: Amoco Oil Corporation, Atlantic Richfield Company, Brown & Root, Cities Service Company, Dow Chemical Company, E.I. DuPont De Nemours & Company, Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Gulf Oil Corporation, Hoechst-Celanese Corporation, Marathon Oil Company, Mobil Oil Corporation, Mobil Chemical Company, Monsanto Company, Olin Corporation, PPG Industries, Inc., Phillips Petroleum Company, Texaco, Inc., Shell Oil Company, Sun Oil Company, Union Carbide Corp. and Uniroyal Chemical Company.

In litigating national and Texas chemical exposure cases against the major oil and chemical companies, Dr. Hobson has accumulated thousands of pages of corporate documents, technical articles from medical and scientific literature and deposition transcripts from corporate employees including:
  • Art Pabst, formerly of Mobil Oil Corporation, 1st Corporate Industrial Hygienist
  • H.H. Zuidema, formerly of Shell Oil Company, Industrial Hygienist
  • Jim Hammond, formerly of Exxon Corporation, Early Industrial Hygienist
  • R.J. Potts, formerly of Mobil Oil Corporation, Medical Director
  • Lucien Renes, formerly of Phillips Petroleum Company, Industrial Hygienist
  • Norman White, formerly of Union Carbide Corp., Early Industrial Hygienist
Listed above are only a few of the corporate depositions Herschel L. Hobson, Ph.D, JD has accumulated through his years of litigating toxic tort cases. These depositions along with the technical articles are used to show how, why and when the defendants failed to reveal their knowledge of the hazards of asbestos, benzene, vinyl chloride and other materials. Often, this prior knowledge could have prevented the suffering of many exposure victims. As a lawyer, and as an environmental authority, Dr. Hobson sees a grave injustice in this and seeks compensation for the suffering of his clients.

Dr. Hobson has made a professional commitment to practicing in the area of toxic tort litigation and representing injured workers and their families.

Dr. Hobson is not certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.


  • Oklahoma State University, B.S.C.E., Civil Engineering, 1968
  • University of Oklahoma, M.S., Environmental Health, 1970
  • University of Oklahoma, Ph.D., Environmental Health, 1971
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., Law, 1983
  • Registered Professional Engineer (retired) (Texas)
  • Licensed Attorney (Texas)
  • Toxic Chemical Litigation Attorney since 1983
  • Industrial Hygiene Consultant
  • Industrial Hygienist with major oil company for 7 years
  • Safety Professional
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association
  • American Industrial Hygiene Association (Gulf Coast Section)
  • American Academy of Industrial Hygiene
  • British Occupational Hygiene Society
  • New York Academy of Sciences
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Jefferson County Bar Association
  • Chi Epsilon Honorary Civil Engineering Fraternity
  • Delta Upsilon Social Fraternity