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Former L.A. city attorney joins private firm while planning run for state attorney general

August 12, 2009 |  3:39 pm

Former Los Angeles City Atty. Rocky Delgadillo began a new role today as counsel at the Los Angeles law offices of Goodwin Procter LLP.

Delgadillo is joining the firm’s 400-lawyer litigation department, according to the firm’s Los Angeles chairman, Lewis G. Feldman. The former city attorney, who left that office in June after facing term limits, will also focus on the firm’s public-private partnership work throughout California.

Feldman noted that before his 2001 run for city attorney, Delgadillo served as deputy mayor for economic development under former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan.

“Rocky’s experience in economic development and public-private partnerships will be extremely valuable to us,” Feldman said.

Although Delgadillo will be a full-time lawyer, Feldman said the firm negotiated an arrangement that will allow him to devote more time to his possible run for state attorney general. “We have been careful and mindful that when Rocky’s attention turns to the AG’s race, he will, at some point, end up with a leave of absence from the organization so he can move that forward at that time,” Feldman said.

In the first half of this year, Delgadillo raised $935,624 for his potential bid. “We’re appreciative of the support demonstrated in our June 30 filing. This is going to be a very challenging campaign, and I’m prepared to capture the future here in the state of California,” Delgadillo said.

He described his new colleagues as innovative thinkers who made the firm a good fit. “I’m going to utilize all the skills that I’ve been lucky to develop over the years, including public-private partnerships, working with government, as well as managing big, complicated litigation matters,” he said.

-- Maeve Reston at L.A. City Hall