Kandy Messenger Shareholder
Kandy E. Messenger is a Shareholder of Sprott Newsom Quattlebaum & Messenger, PC and an experienced litigator who has successfully represented clients in complex civil litigation matters in both federal and state courts throughout Texas and the United States. She has successfully tried cases to final verdict in both state and federal courts and successfully won several matters on appeal before the Texas Supreme Court and United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
During her practice, she has represented an array of clients including individuals, corporations, healthcare organizations, physicians, dentists, hospitals, revenue cycle management providers, billing companies, insurance companies, financial service providers, lenders, oil and gas operators and contractors, construction companies, and advisory and tax consultants. She has a varied practice representing clients in complex civil litigation, compliance and business matters, and audits and investigations.
As a litigator, she has handled complex issues including commercial litigation, personal injury, wrongful death, business disputes, contractual issues, employment matters, oil and gas litigation, regulatory compliance, unfair trade practices, fraud, tortious interference and business torts, post-payment audits, overpayment disputes, insurance investigations, professional misconduct, executive employment agreements, professional partnership terminations class action litigation, healthcare liability, professional liability, and consumer finance litigation, including Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA), Texas Debt Collection Practices Act (TDCPA), Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act (DTPA), Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) rules and regulations, Electronic Fund Transfer Act (EFTA), and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA).
Outside the courtroom, she regularly provides practical, strategic, and tactical advice to clients by assisting them with an array of compliance matters, including auditing, developing, and executing policies and procedures to ensure sound business practices and to address regulatory changes, consumer demands, and industry standards, to respond to regulatory investigations and subpoenas, and to avoid future compliance issues. She assists healthcare organizations, physicians, billing companies, and other entities with their revenue cycle integrity, including compliance evaluation and plan development, auditing and litigation support, coding, credentialing, medical billing, documentation and practice issues, billing service agreements, human resources, employment policies and procedures, and risk management.
Ms. Messenger is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Texas, as well as the Colorado District Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She graduated from the University of Maryland University College with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management. Subsequently, she earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law Houston—one of the best law schools in the country for trial advocacy. During law school, she served as Associate Editor of the Corporate Counsel Review, Member of the Construction Law Journal and Advocate in the Advocacy Program.
She was selected by her peers for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars from 2015 to 2016 and to Lawyers of Distinction. She is a member of the American Collectors Association, American Commercial Collectors Association, Houston Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, American Bar Association, National Association of Women Lawyers, and The Federalist Society.
- South Texas College of Law Houston, Juris Doctor, 2005
- Graduated sixteenth in class
- Associate Editor of the Corporate Counsel Review
- Member of the Construction Law Journal
- Won several competitions and best brief writing awards
- Dean’s List
- Received several merit awards
- Langdell Scholar for Constitutional Law and Evidence
- University of Maryland University College, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and Management, 2000
Bar and Court Admissions
- Texas, 2006
- United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
- United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- Colorado District Court
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- State Bar of Texas
- American Collectors Association (ACA), 2007 – present
- American Commercial Collectors Association
- Houston Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- The Federalist Society
- National Association of Women Lawyers
- Women Attorney Association (Association of Women Attorneys Houston)
- Presenter at the 15th Annual Advance Consumer & Commercial CLE in Austin, Texas in September 2019
- “TCPA: New FCC Rules and Compliance Strategies” and “Strengthening and Enhancing Your Company’s Defense Against TCPA Litigation,” The Knowledge Group, October 2015.
- ACA of Texas Annual Legal Update Speaker: 2009-2013
- “Countdown to Trial-Tips for Assisting with Settlement Negotiations,” National Business Institute, November 2007.
- “Article 2.21 of the Texas Business Corporation Act v. Common Law: Are Corporate Agents Liable for Torts Committed in Their Capacity as Corporate Agents or Not?” 3 CORP. COUNS. REV. 23 (2005).