Kandy Messenger Shareholder
Kandy E. Messenger is a Shareholder and litigator with Sprott Newsom Quattlebaum Messenger. Her practice concentrates on consumer financial services litigation and compliance, along with complex litigation with an emphasis in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury, employment law, and professional liability. She has successfully tried multiple cases to final verdict in both state and federal courts.
As a litigator, she has spent several years defending those in the consumer financial services industry, including debt collectors, billing companies, lenders, corporations, insurance companies, and other entities. She has successfully defended individual and class action cases involving allegations of consumer fraud, unfair business practices, false advertising, breach of contract, and violations of federal, state and local regulatory statutes, 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). With this unique insight, she regularly provides practical, strategic, and tactical advice to clients outside the courtroom 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.
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, where she graduated sixteenth in her class. During law school, she served as Associate Editor of the Corporate Counsel Review and as a Member of the Construction Law Journal.
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).