The Hon. André Birotte, Jr. is a United States District Judge of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Western Division. He was nominated by President Barack Obama in April 2014 and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in July 2014. He filled the seat vacated by the Hon. Gary Allen Feess.
Judge Birotte graduated with his B.S. in psychology from Tufts University in 1987. He went on to earn his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1991.
While in law school, Birotte served a year-long clerkship at Bross, Strickland, Cary, and Grossman in Newark, New Jersey from 1987 to 1989. He also clerked at the Santa Monica law firm of Korhs and Fiske beginning in 1989. He interned briefly at the San Diego County Public Defender's Office, before then serving as a clerk with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Central District of California in 1991. After graduating from law school, Birotte joined the Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office, where he practiced as a deputy public defender for three years. Then, in 1995, he rejoined the U.S. Attorney's Office in Los Angeles, this time as an assistant U.S. Attorney.
Birotte left the public sector in 1999 to join the law firm of Quinn, Emanuel, Urguhart, and Sullivan as an associate. During his brief time there, Birotte represented plaintiffs charged with white collar crimes.
He returned to the public arena in 2001 to serve as an assistant inspector general with the Los Angeles Police Commission. He was subsequently elevated to the inspector general in 2003. He remained in that capacity until 2010, when President Obama appointed him to serve as the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California. At the time of his appointment to the position, Birotte held the distinction of being the first African American to serve as U.S. Attorney for the Central District. During his tenure as the U.S. Attorney, Birotte was instrumental in investigating charges brought against the former professional cyclist Lance Armstrong during his doping scandal. Birotte was serving as the U.S. Attorney at the time of his nomination to the U.S. District Court.
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