LOS ANGLES, Calif.–Former Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo was named today as chief executive officer of the Los Angeles County Medical Association, which cited his litigation, public policy and economic development experience.

“Rocky Delgadillo is the ideal choice, given his deep knowledge and experience and his passionate advocacy on behalf of the patients that we serve,” said Troy Elander, president of the medical association’s board.

“Rocky has a track record of providing game-changing leadership.”

Delgadillo was selected after a yearlong process in which more than 400 candidates were reviewed.

Delgadillo, a partner at the law firm of Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor LLP, served as city attorney from 2001-09. He was deputy mayor for economic development under former mayor Richard Riordan.

Delgadillo, who lost a 2006 race for state attorney general to now-Gov. Jerry Brown, called his new job an exciting opportunity.

“In addition to my work here at the firm, I look forward to working at the forefront of current medicine and working to protect LACMA and its members,” Delgadillo said. “I am ready to roll up my sleeves and work to ensure LACMA members are able to focus on the important work they do and not on the bureaucracy that plagues the medical profession.”

Delgadillo has a history of going after health insurance companies. In 2008, he sued Anthem Blue Cross of California on allegations of fraudulent business practices and deceptive advertising.