Investar Welcomes Katie Gravois Plaisance as New General Counsel

Investar Welcomes Katie Gravois Plaisance as New General Counsel

February 27, 2023

Baton Rouge, La., February 27, 2023 – Investar Bank, National Association (NASDAQ: ISTR(“Investar”) announced the appointment of Katie Gravois Plaisance as General Counsel. Plaisance will report to Chief Credit Officer/EVP Jeff Martin and provide strategic legal counsel to the bank, its officers, and directors in developing, administering, and monitoring programs and services in compliance with laws, regulations, and rules governing institutional operations.

Plaisance joins Investar with extensive legal and banking knowledge. Most recently, she served as Vice President and Risk Officer at b1BANK. Previously, Plaisance was the In-House Counsel and Compliance Officer for First American Bank and Trust.     

“We are very excited to have Katie join the Investar family,” said Martin. “As general counsel, Katie’s banking background and experience provide unique insight and assistance to help our organization as we serve our clients, community, and shareholders. Investar Bank has a bright future, and we are happy Katie Plaisance has joined us on that journey,” added Martin.     

Plaisance is a native of Vacherie, La., and earned her Juris Doctorate and Graduate Diploma of Comparative Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and her Bachelor of Arts from Southeastern Louisiana University, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. She holds several professional licenses and memberships, including the Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, American Bankers Association, Louisiana Bankers Association, and Institute of Certified Bankers.

“It is an honor to join such a reputable institution and use my years of experience in the legal and banking field to contribute to the bank’s future success. I am eager to work with my new team to achieve great things, and  I look forward to new challenges and opportunities,” noted Plaisance.



About Investar Bank

Investar Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: ISTR), the parent company of wholly-owned subsidiary Investar Bank, National Association (“Investar”), had total assets of approximately $2.8 billion as of December 31, 2022. Investar is a full-service community bank headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., offering extensive banking products and services for individuals and businesses for 16 years. The Bank has 29 branches serving markets across Louisiana, Texas and Alabama. Investar Bank NMLS ID# 481188. Equal Housing Lender. Member FDIC. To learn more, visit


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