HONORABLE JUDE G. GRAVOIS is a lifelong resident of Vacherie, Louisiana. He received his under-graduate degree from Nicholls State University and his law degree from LSU Law Center. Judge Gravois began practicing law in his hometown of Vacherie in 1978, joining an established local firm. He then practiced as a sole practitioner from 1984 through his election in 2009 to the bench. During his career, Judge Gravois has worked as a judicial law clerk, indigent defender attorney, and assistant district attorney, all while serving the needs of his clients in his private law practice. He left the D.A.’s office in 1990 to concentrate on his private practice, developing a very active general civil and criminal practice. On April 4, 2009, in his first run for public office, Judge Gravois was elected by the voters of his district to serve on the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. He officially took office on May 1, 2009. He was reelected to a full term on the bench on October 2, 2010.

Judge Gravois is married and has two adult children, both of whom are married and living in South Louisiana. He and his wife have three young grandsons. In his spare time, Judge Gravois enjoys working around his house and yard, attending LSU sporting events, and fishing and spending time with his family at his camp in Cocodrie.