Andre Birotte Jr. was sworn in as the U.S. Attorney for the Central District of California Thursday morning during a private ceremony, according to a news release.
Birotte, the former inspector general of the Los Angeles Police Department, replaced Thomas P. O’Brien, who resigned Sept. 1, 2009, to join the white-collar criminal defense practice in the Los Angeles offices of the Paul Hastings law firm. The Los Angeles-based district’s most recent acting U.S. Attorney wass George S. Cardona.
U.S. District Judge Terry J. Hatter Jr. administered the oath in his Los Angeles courtroom.
After the ceremony, Birotte said, “It is my great pleasure to be leading what is widely considered to be one of the nation’s premier public law firms,” adding, “This United States Attorney’s Office has a long tradition of handling some of the most significant cases in the nation, and my goal is to further enhance that tradition.”
The Los Angeles-based U.S. Attorney’s office is the largest outside of the District of Columbia.