Roger E. Ishee attended Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi, where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and graduated cum laude. He then went on to earn his Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Mississippi School of Law in Oxford, Mississippi, in 1983. While in law school, Roger served on the Editorial Board of the Mississippi Law Review, finished in the top ten percent of his class, and was a member of the National Mock Trial Team. He moved to Lafayette in 1983 to work as a law clerk for United States District Judge W. Eugene Davis and later accompanied Judge Davis to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. The next year he joined the Onebane Law Firm.
Roger began his legal career in the firm’s Admiralty and Maritime Section defending offshore personal injury and property damage claims representing a wide range of such clients as oil companies, service contractors, and vessel owners. Over the years his practice has evolved to include general oil and gas litigation, specifically defense of environmental and well drilling/production claims. In addition to litigation, he also maintains an active contractual advice practice drafting and negotiating Master Service Agreements and Drilling Contracts for clients.
In addition to his practice, Roger has served for years on the firm’s Board of Directors, as both a member and Chairperson of the Board. In the community, he served for over a decade on the Our Lady of Fatima School Board as a member and president and later on, the St. Thomas More High School Foundation. Having grown up on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, he has enjoyed fishing his entire life and frequents Red’s Health Club on a regular basis.