Pepperdine University School of Law alumnus André Birotte (JD ’91) was confirmed by the Senate as United States Attorney for the Central District of California on Feb. 11 in Los Angeles. President Obama nominated Birotte in late December.
Birotte has served for the past six years as the Los Angeles Police Department’s inspector general. In his new post, he will oversee an office of about 275 prosecutors responsible for a seven-county jurisdiction covering much of Southern California. He is the first African American man to hold the position.
“I am very humbled and honored to be given this incredible opportunity,” said Birotte after his confirmation.
Birotte joined the Office of the Inspector General in 2001. In 2003, he was appointed inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Department by the Los Angeles Board of Police Commissioners. Birotte oversaw a staff of approximately 32 employees, which included lawyers, professional auditors, and former law enforcement executives, and was responsible for conducting and overseeing LAPD internal investigations and audits to ensure compliance with both LAPD policies and mandates from the Federal Consent Decree.
After graduating from Tufts University, Birotte attended Pepperdine University School of Law for his JD. Following law school, he worked as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles where he represented indigent clients charged with felony and misdemeanor offenses in several phases of criminal proceedings including preliminary hearings, pretrial conferences, arraignments, and over 30 trials. He then joined the U.S. Attorney's Office, where he investigated and prosecuted numerous violent crime, fraud, and narcotics trafficking cases. Thereafter, he joined the Quinn Emanuel law firm, where he represented clients in white-collar crime and commercial litigation matters.
Birotte is a member of the Langston Bar Association, and served on its board of directors from 1992 through 2003. He also serves as a judge pro tem for the Los Angeles Superior Court. He is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Judicial Appointment’s Committee and Criminal Justice Executive Committee. He has taught legal writing and advocacy at the University of Southern California Law School.
Birotte has spoken before a variety of community organizations and civil rights groups including the National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement, the Association of Government Accountants, Community Police Advisory Boards, LAPD recruit classes, and local Law Schools and Universities on the role of the Office of the Inspector General.