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, Ishee 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 capital 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, neglected and delinquent children.
Judge Ishee is admitted to and has extensive practice in all federal and state courts in the State of Mississippi and is admitted to practice before the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. He has served as president of the Jackson County Young Lawyers Division; secretary, vice-president, and president of the Jackson County Bar Association; and on numerous committees of the Mississippi State Bar. He also served for two years as adjunct professor at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, teaching torts and personal injury law. Ishee also teaches business law at the University of Southern Mississippi – Gulf Coast.
Upon moving to Gulfport, Ishee was appointed a Pro Tem Municipal Court Judge for the City of Gulfport in October 1999. He joined the law firm of Franke, Rainey & Salloum, PLLC in 2002, where he represented local hospitals in medical malpractice cases, and numerous businesses in general insurance defense.
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 Governor 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 Member of the Harrison County division of the American Heart Association, Mississippi Public Defenders Association, Gulfport Yacht Club and Gulfport Gridiron Club. He is also a member of Trinity United Methodist Church where he assists with the serving of communion, and acts as greeter and usher.
He is married to the former Linda Lang of Pascagoula, and they have one daughter, Lauren. Ishee is the son of Former Representative and Mrs. Roger Ishee of Gulfport.