The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has advanced Baton Rouge attorney John W. “Johnny” deGravelles’s nomination as a federal judge.

If confirmed by the full U.S. Senate, deGravelles will become a judge for the U.S. Middle District Court, based in Baton Rouge.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu recommended deGravelles to the White House for appointment to the judgeship in December 2013. deGravelles also received support from Baton Rouge area elected officials, legal educators and attorneys.

As a founding partner at deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & Frugé, LLP, he specializes in civil litigation representing individuals and businesses. He has practiced extensively in both state and federal court. He received his Bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor from LSU.

He serves as an adjunct faculty member at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and Tulane University Law School’s Summer Program in Rhodes, Greece. He was distinguished as a Fulbright Scholar for his work on international maritime education.