Hank Naughton

Hank is Executive Director of our Veterans Advocacy Project and Managing Partner of the Public Client Practice Group.

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Hank comes to Napoli Shkolnik after serving close to three decades in the Massachusetts House of Representatives. For ten years, Hank has served as House Chair of the Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security. Prior to that, he served as Chair of the Committee on Veterans in Public Affairs.

Hank had already been working closely with Napoli Shkolnik by taking the lead and advising clients and working with water districts, municipalities, counties and other entities whose water supplies have been negatively impacted by the use of perfluoroctanoic acid and peflouroctane sulfate by airports, military bases and local industries. This follows years of successfully advocating on the legislative level for environmental and water protection in Central Massachusetts and throughout the Commonwealth. His work on these issues, as well as Green Communities, smart growth and environmental sustainability earned Hank the support of the Sierra Club, among other environmental groups, in multiple bids for reelection.

Hank also serves as Executive Director of Napoli’s Veterans Advocacy Project. He is a veteran of multiple tours and missions with the US Army in Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and elsewhere in the Global War on Terror. He has worked for years with veterans’ groups on the local, state and national level. Hank has served as senior advisor on Veterans and National Security Issues to two presidential campaigns, multiple other candidates and office holders and as legal counsel to numerous, service-disabled veteran owned startups.

The mission of the Napoli Shkolnik Veterans Advocacy Project is to zealously fight for those individuals who have sacrificed for our Nation at the cost of contracting mesothelioma, hearing damage due to defective earplugs, been exposed to Agent Orange or burn pits and other preventable or service-related injuries.

In previous military capacities, Hank has performed detainee operations in Iraq, was Chief of Rule of Law Operations for the 4th Infantry Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Counterterrorism Officer with USFORA and has advised African and Eastern European Military units.

In May, 2011, United States Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appointed Attorney Naughton to the International Security Advisory Board. The Board, made up of 24 members and reporting directly to the Secretary, provides the State Department with independent insight and advice on all aspects of arms control, disarmament, international security, security capacity and related aspects of public diplomacy.  Hank was reappointed to the Board by Secretary Kerry in March of 2013 and served until June of 2017.

Hank Naughton for Law360


Bar Admissions



  • US Army Judge Advocate General School at the University of Virginia
  • Suffolk University Law School, J.D.
  • Assumption College, B.A.

Awards and Honors

  • Combat Action Badge
  • Bronze Star Medal Meritorious Service Medal
  • Afghan Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star
  • Joint Forces Commendation  Medal
  • Army Commendation Medal (2nd Award)
  • Army Achievement Medal
  • Army Reserve Components Achievement Medal (2nd Award)
  • National Defense Service Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
  • NATO Medal
  • Army Service Ribbon
  • Overseas Service Ribbon Armed Forces Reserve Medal with M/Device
  • Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal
  • Presidential Unit Citation (Iraq)
  • Valorous Unit Award (Afghanistan)
  • Member of the Order of the Combat Spur, 1st Squadron, 10th US Cavalry

Speaking Engagements

Speaker, Emerging Contaminants in Environmental Litigation, Perrin Virtual  Mass Tort Litigation Conference (March 2, 2022)

Panelist, “PFAS Water Contamination“, Townsend, MA Public Forum: Joint Meeting, Board of Selectmen/Board of Water Commissioners (June 28, 2021)

Featured Speaker, “A Cost Recovery Program: PFAS Water Contamination”, American Water Works Association (AWWA) Webinar Series (October 22, 2020)

Media Appearances

Hank has been a commentator on BBC Newsnight in regard to the Iraq War, the National ‘Fox and Friends’ Morning television show in regard to the Afghanistan War, as well as appearances on numerous television stations to include WGBH, Fox 25, WBZ-TV Channel 4, and WBZ Radio 1030, WTKK Radio 96.9 and WBUR 90.9 National Public Radio on Legislative, political and Veterans issues and issues related to foreign policy and the Iraq and Afghan wars.

Hank has also appeared on NBC’s Today Show in regard to Veteran’s issues.

Sterling approached to join PFAS suit as water testing requirement begins, Telegram & Gazette (October 8, 2021)

Nantucket airport lawsuit blames chemical companies for PFAS contamination – and wants them to pay, Cape Cod Times (September 16, 2021)

Easton joins lawsuit against chemical manufacturers over PFAS, (September 8, 2021)

After 9-11 terrorist attacks: Naughton feels pull to serve, joins Army to defend his family, Telegram & Gazette (September 8, 2021)

Southern NY County Suit Against 3M, Dupont and Other Defendants for Allegedly Polluting Airport’s Water Moved to Federal Court, New York Law Journal/ (August 30, 2021)

Former soldier and state rep., Naughton says he’s ‘devastated’ by chaos in Afghanistan, Telegram & Gazette (August 16, 2021)

Select Board retains New York law firm in suit against PFAS makers, The Inquirer and Mirror (February 18, 2021)

This Week in Town Government: PFAS agreements, The Inquirer and Mirror (February 4, 2021)

From Military to Law: What Attys Took From Their Service, Law360 (November 9, 2020)

Hank Naughton for Law360


3M Faces Over 230,000 Lawsuits from Veterans Over Defective Earplugs: Company Could Lose Over $100 Billion (September 2022)

AWWA Member Spotlight – Harold “Hank” Naughton, Clinton, MA, AWWA Connections (July 2, 2021)

Other Experience

  • Former Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs in the Massachusetts House of Representatives
  • Chief of Rule of Law Operations for the 4th Infantry Division in Kandahar, Afghanistan
  • Counter-terrorism Officer with USFORA
  • Member, United States Department of State
  • US Department of State International Security Advisory Board
  • Chief Counsel, AUX Initiatives, LLC
  • Assistant District Attorney in Worcester County

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