Hank Naughton


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.

Hank Naughton for Law360


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