Our Firm

Sprott Newsom Quattlebaum Messenger has been continuously providing quality legal services to our clients since the Firm’s inception in 1982. This summer we changed the name of the firm to recognize our newest equity shareholders, Michele Quattlebaum and Kandy Messenger. Our firm was founded on the values of integrity, hard work and client satisfaction, which are the same values the firm is committed to and embraces today.

We represent individuals, business entities, business owners and health care providers in a broad range of litigation and other legal matters, including complex multiparty and class-action lawsuits before federal and state courts. Our Firm aggressively defends cases on behalf of our clients, regardless of their complexity. Our lawyers have extensive courtroom skills and expertise to handle all types of litigation. Our mission is to resolve your litigation effectively, quickly and cost-efficiently. We strive to provide the best legal services in Texas, focusing on exceptionally proactive and responsive service to all our clients.

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Attorney Spotlight

Joel Randal Sprott

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Mr. Sprott was born and raised in Corpus Christi and obtained a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in three years from Corpus Christi State University in 1981. 

He was a multi-lines insurance adjustor for State Farm Insurance Company before receiving his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Houston in 1985.

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James A. Newsom

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James A. Newsom, known as Jim to his friends, was born in Corsicana, Texas, on July 13, 1959.  He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1984.  Jim also is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Southern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

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Michele Quattlebaum

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Michele Quattlebaum was raised in Arkansas.  She has more than 33 years of trial experience in all areas of personal injury and products liability, including commercial trucking, construction, propane, premises liability (rape, murder, slip and fall), pest control, toxic tort, employment law, medical, nursing, pharmacy, chiropractic, hospital, dental, nursing home, and optometric malpractice.

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Kandy Messenger

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Kandy E. Messenger is a litigator whose practice concentrates on consumer financial services litigation and compliance and complex litigation with an emphasis in the areas of commercial litigation, personal injury, employment law and professional liability.

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Lauren Miller Robbins

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Lauren Miller Robbins, born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 22, 1961; admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1986; admitted to the Texas bar in  1992.

Lauren’s principal area of practice has been the representation of a Fortune 500 company for 20 years in product and premises liability, including complex toxic tort cases.

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Diana M. Navarro

Associate

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Diana M. Navarro, born Harlingen, Texas, August 30, 1984; admitted to bar, 2009, Texas; also admitted to the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Texas, 2012.

Diana practices primarily in personal injury litigation, medical malpractice defense, and general insurance defense.

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Douglas E. Markham

Associate

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Douglas E. Markham, born in Chapel Hill, North Carolina; admitted to the Texas bar in 1981; admitted to the North Carolina bar in 1987. He is currently licensed in the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Doug has argued cases before the state and federal courts of appeals, and appeared in cases before the U. S. Supreme Court.

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Tina E. Ohanian

Associate

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Tina E. Ohanian was born in Houston, Texas and raised in Glendale, California. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2015.

Tina specializes in medical malpractice defense and personal injury defense.

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Marilyn Vilandos

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Marilyn Vilandos was born and raised in Houston. Her practice primarily focuses on small business owners with areas of concentration in corporate structure, transactional work and litigation.

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Gulmina Shah

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Gulmina Shah was born in Peshawar, Pakistan on September 7, 1991 and raised in Beaumont, Texas. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2016. Gulmina primarily practices in the areas of general civil defense litigation, specifically personal injury defense and insurance defense.

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Cathleen P. McCaffrey

Associate

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Cathleen P. McCaffrey was born in Flushing, New York and raised in Houston, TX. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2016.

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Angelina Wike

Associate

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Angelina Wike was born in Houston, Texas on May 25, 1985 and raised in Nassau Bay, Texas. She was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2016. Angelina practices in the area of personal injury litigation defense.

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Bryan Puente

Associate

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Bryan Puente was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelors of science from Arizona State University in 2011. He specializes in medical malpractice defense.

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