Local attorney Chris Erny has formally announced he intends to qualify and run for one of five district judgeships in Terrebonne Parish in November 2020.
Erny has been practicing law for over 25 years, serving as an assistant district attorney since 2003.
A 1990 graduate of Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s in political science, Erny received his juris doctorate from LSU Law School in 1994. After law school, Erny returned to Houma where he worked for the law firm of Weeks and Stark for nine years before joining the district attorney’s office.
As a prosecutor, Erny has handled thousands of criminal cases, and conducted numerous jury trials involving serious felonies such as First and Second- Degree Murder, Manslaughter, Aggravated Rape, Armed Robbery, and many other crimes of violence and sex crimes. On the civil side of the law, he has litigated cases in over 25 Louisiana parishes, in three of the Louisiana appellate courts, the Louisiana Supreme Court and in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, the Southern District of Mississippi and the Southern District of Texas, as well as the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
As a conservative Republican, Erny feels he can call upon those values from the bench.
“I have been tough on crime and have worked to ensure habitual and violent criminals are removed from society and serve proper and justified jail sentences,” reads Erny’s press release. “Understanding that not every person who commits a crime deserves jail time, I have also shown fairness and compassion and have helped many people who have made mistakes in life by providing the opportunities for second chances and rehabilitation.”
Erny is also a commissioner and an officer of the Terrebonne Port Commission. He has also volunteered as a coach for TPR basketball and baseball and HTSA soccer.
Erny is married to Gabrielle Gros Enry. Together they have three sons.