David M. Ishee

P.O. Box 117
Jackson, MS 33905

David M. Ishee

Associate Judge - Southern District

Biographical Information

Judge David M. Ishee was born in Gulfport, Mississippi in 1963. He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science degree, attended the University of London, and received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi School of Law.

Upon graduation, he joined the private practice of Elmo Lang of Pascagoula, Mississippi, and formed the law firm of Lang & Ishee, practicing there for 13 years. During this time, he was involved in extensive litigation in civil, criminal, and domestic relations law. He was appointed by the circuit court judges of Jackson and Harrison Counties to head four death penalty defense teams and has been lead counsel on numerous appeals and oral arguments before the Mississippi Supreme Court. Ishee also served as board attorney for the Gulf Coast Regional Wastewater Authority from 1992 to 1995.

While living in Jackson County, he served on the Jackson County Republican Executive Board, was chairman of the 1992 Jackson County Republican Convention, and was a delegate to the 1992 Mississippi State Republican Convention.

In 1992, he was appointed Municipal Court Judge for the city of Pascagoula, making him the youngest municipal court judge in the state of Mississippi. He was reappointed for a second term in 1996. During this time he also served one year as interim Municipal Court Judge for the city of Ocean Springs, and was Judge Pro Tem for the Jackson County Youth Court, in which he presided over numerous child custody hearings as well as hearings involving abused and delinquent children.

In April 2004, Ishee was appointed Senior Municipal Court Judge for the City of Gulfport. Judge Ishee was appointed to the Mississippi Court of Appeals in September 2004 by Gov. Haley Barbour.

Judge Ishee is a member of the Gulfport Rotary Club, Gulfport Business Club, University of Southern Mississippi Harrison County Alumni Board, Southern Miss Eagle Club, Executive Board of the Harrison County Division of the American Heart Association, Mississippi Public Defenders Association, Gulfport Yacht Club, Gulfport Gridiron Club, and the Bayou View Middle School Parent-Teachers Association. He is married to the former Linda Lang of Pascagoula, and they have one daughter, Lauren. Ishee is the son of Representative and Mrs. Roger Ishee of Gulfport.