Hank P. Naughton

Of Counsel

Hank is a Veteran of multiple tours with the US Army in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere in the Global War on Terror.

He has joined Napoli Shkolnik as Of Counsel and Executive Director of our Veterans Advocacy Project. He comes to us after years of working 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.

His military awards include:

  • 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.

Hank has previously served as Chair of the Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.

He is a graduate of the US Army Judge Advocate General School at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Suffolk University Law School in Boston and Assumption College, Worcester, MA.

In the early 2000’s, he accompanied former President Clinton to Northern Ireland in conjunction with the founding of the Enniskillen Peace Center. Additionally, he was an observer at the Saville Investigation Hearings into the events that came to be called “Bloody Sunday.”

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.

Hank also works with Napoli Shkolnik in the areas of PFOA/PFAS water pollution litigation and opioid litigation.

  • 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