Mr Scott Austin > Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP > Dallas, United States > Lawyer Profile

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
SUITE 3700
DALLAS, TX 75202
United States

Work Department

Executive Compensation/Employee Benefits, ERISA Litigation, Tax, Labor and Employment, Private Equity, Energy, Colleges and Universities




Mr. Austin’s practice focuses on assisting businesses implement and maintain valuable executive compensation arrangements and employee benefits.

He is a member of the Hunton Andrews Kurth Employee Benefits group, and has offices in Dallas and Atlanta. Mr. Austin works on all legal aspects of executive compensation and employee benefits, as well as ERISA litigation matters. His practice includes working with businesses to put in place and maintain executive employment agreements and deferred compensation arrangements, qualified retirement plans and health and welfare plans. He helps lead the firm’s Health Care Reform initiative. Mr. Austin regularly advises clients on issues involving deferred compensation (including Internal Revenue Code Sections 409A, 162(m) and 280G). He has also worked with a number of companies in designing and implementing cash balance plans and other qualified retirement plans, including 401(k) plans. Mr. Austin works closely with the fiduciary administrative committees of clients’ benefit plans and helps them through the murky waters of ERISA’s fiduciary requirements. He also advises on the employee benefit aspects of corporate transactions and financings.

Mr. Austin has significant experience in agency inquiries concerning employee benefit plans, including inquiries and audits by the Internal Revenue Service, Department of Labor and Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation.


Admitted to the Georgia and Texas State Bars


  • JD, Baylor Law School, Officer, Baylor Law Review, 1986
  • BA, Austin College, 1983

Lawyer Rankings

United States > Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: transactional

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP’s workload includes high-end M&A arising out of the financial services, real estate, hospitality and energy sectors, where the team advises both public and private companies on a range of executive compensation and employee benefits issues. The practice is also noted for its capability in ESOP transactions. In the firm’s Austin office, practice co-leader Anthony Eppert advises on section 409A issues, while Dallas-based Scott Austin focuses on the employee benefits aspects of corporate transactions, as well as ERISA fiduciary compliance matters.

United States > Labor and employment > Employee benefits, executive compensation and retirement plans: design

Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP advises clients across the retail, financial services, manufacturing and energy sectors on a range of compensations and benefits matters, ranging from qualified and non-qualified defined contribution retirement plans and welfare benefit plans to equity and non-qualified deferred compensation arrangements. In Austin, Anthony Eppert focuses on ESOPs, while Scott Austin, who operates from the firm’s Dallas office, handles deferred compensation issues. Eppert and Austin lead the practice alongside Washington DC-based David Mustone, who advises on the ERISA aspects of employee benefits matters.