Hank Naughton

Partner

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 has 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 will also serve 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.

 

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  • Bar Admissions

    Massachusetts

  • Education
    • 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
  • 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.

  • 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