From Judge to Defendant: Crimes and Notorious Abuses of Power by Judges

Andrew Struve
January 08, 2024
Legal Ethics


In most cases, judges represent the best and brightest of the legal profession. Yet, there are a few who experienced spectacular falls from grace. In this entertaining program, Andrew Struve chronicles the rise and fall of several infamous judges – ranging from Sol Watchler to Walter Nixon to Harry Claiborne – and discusses how their conduct ran afoul of the law and the ethics rules. The program materials include an ethical violation scorecard so can play along as we catalog the ethics violations committed by this rogues gallery of former judges.


Andrew Struve, Shareholder, Buchalter P.C., Orange County, CA

Andrew is a member of the Health Care and Litigation practice groups in Buchalter’s Orange County office. Andrew focuses his practice on complex healthcare litigation and unfair competition actions as well as regulatory compliance matters. He has particular expertise in provider and plan representation, private equity, insurance, and the defense of consumer suits.

An experienced litigator in the healthcare field, Andrew has litigated both provider and health plan disputes, class and other representative actions, federal and state qui tam litigation, antitrust suits, RICO actions, managed care contracting suits, earnout disputes, partnership actions, bad faith claims, and payment disputes. He has also conducted numerous sensitive internal investigations and compliance audits, as well as responses to governmental and commercial billing/coding challenges. In addition to leading litigation teams in healthcare disputes in federal and state courts across the United States, Andrew serves as national governance, regulatory, and compliance counsel for a number of companies and many healthcare clients. He is an Elected Member of the American Law Institute, and is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating it confers.

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