Derrick D. Kee

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Derrick D. Kee

723 Broad Street
Lake Charles, LA 70601

Derrick is a father of four (4) and the husband of Chasity Kee.  He is a native of Chicago, Illinois, but first came to Louisiana when he enrolled in Grambling State University in 1997. While at Grambling, Derrick excelled both academically and athletically as a baseball player and outstanding student.  In 2000, he graduated Magna Cum Laude with a 3.57 G.P.A. in Political Science.

In 2005, Derrick received his Juris Doctorate degree from Southern University Law Center.  While attending Southern, he was elected President of the Student Bar Association, Vice President of the Louisiana Council of Student Body Presidents, a National Delegate for the American Bar Association: Law Student Division, a member of the Association for Trial Lawyers in America (ATLA) Trial Advocacy Team and was inducted as a Pupil of the American Inns of Court.

Derrick is a former district judge of the 14th Judicial District Court in Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana.  As District Judge, he presided over both criminal and civil cases.  He also presided over Re-entry Court and Behavioral Health Court, both specialty courts which contribute to the rehabilitation and anti-recidivism goals of the criminal justice system.     Judge Kee was a member of the Louisiana District Judges Association, where he served on the Legislative Committee, and the Louisiana Judicial Council/National Bar Association. Upon leaving the bench, Derrick joined the Cox Law Firm, in Lake Charles, LA, where he adds valuable experience and legal acumen to their talented legal team.

Prior to being elected to the bench, Derrick was a partner at the Hawkins Kee Law Group in Lake Charles, LA., practicing in the areas of Civil Rights, Personal Injury Criminal Defense, and Civil Litigation.  He is also very proud of his service as a former public defender in Calcasieu Parish. He has practiced in over 20 parishes in Louisiana, and 3 counties in Illinois, where he was born and was also barred to practice.   Over the years, Derrick has become a prolific motivational speaker, mentor, youth baseball coach, former radio show host, and has served as moderator for numerous public forums. In 2015, Derrick was the recipient of the LSBA Citizen Lawyer Award for his community service efforts. In 2023, he was selected as a Top 100 National Black Lawyers and also became a member of the Masonic Temple Ionic 26.

Areas Of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights
  • Workers’ Compensation
  • General Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana 2005
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana 2006
  • Illinois 2009

Education

  • Southern University Law School
    • Juris Doctorate, 2005
      • Honors: President of the Student Bar Association
      • American Trial Lawyers Association Trial Team
      • American Inns of Court Pupil
  • Grambling State University
    • B.A. Political Science
      • Honors: Magna Cum Laude
      • Baseball Team
      • Mr. Windy City

Pro Bono Activities

  • Etta Pete Sickle Cell Anemia Foundation (Board Member)
  • VISA Coalition (Former President)
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Foundation (Former Member)
  • IMPACT Agency of Southwest Louisiana (Former Mentor)
  • Fresh Start and New Day Expungement Programs (Volunteer)
  • USSSA Baseball Coach (2010-2020)

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) 2005-Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association 2009-2010
  • Cook County Bar Association 2009-2010
  • LSBA Committee on Diversity and Inclusion 2016-2019
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association 2011-Present
  • Louis A. Martinet Society of SWLA 2015-Present (Past President)
  • Louisiana District Judges Association 2021-2023
  • Louisiana Judicial Council/National Bar Assoc. 2021-2023

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