Squire Patton Boggs is pleased to announce that the former Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Atlanta, Amol S. Naik, has joined the firm’s Atlanta office as a Principal in its global Public Policy Practice. Mr. Naik brings extensive legal and government relations credentials and continues the firm’s growth in Atlanta since opening in early 2018.
“Amol is a seasoned attorney and public policy professional with deep connections to business and political leaders across Atlanta and the country. He adds a unique element to our growing Atlanta office and we are excited to have him on our team,” said Squire Patton Boggs Atlanta managing partner Ann-Marie McGaughey.
In his capacity as Chief Resilience Officer, Mr. Naik was a direct report of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms’ and a member of her Cabinet, with responsibility for Atlanta's efforts on sustainability, diversity & inclusion, and smart cities technology. In this role, Mr. Naik led the adoption of the Clean Energy Atlanta plan, a 100% citywide commitment to clean energy by 2035, and helped secure the American Cities Climate Challenge grant by Bloomberg Philanthropies on behalf of the City.
Previously, Mr. Naik held a number of senior roles at Alphabet, including leading External Affairs for Google Fiber, government relations and CSR for Google in the Southeastern US and as Corporate Counsel on Google’s Global Ethics & Compliance team. Mr. Naik was also a Director at MailChimp, and practiced at an international law firm based in Atlanta where he served as primary outside counsel to elected officials, corporations and other political entities before the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Additionally, Mr. Naik has served on the Atlanta Regional Commission, Emory University Board of Visitors, and on the Boards of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and Technology Association of Georgia.
“Policy is a fundamental part of our global practice and differentiates how we are able to solve complex problems for clients seeking both a legal and legislative solution,” said Ed Newberry Squire Patton Boggs’ Global Managing Partner − Public Policy, Investigatory and Regulatory Solutions. “Amol is uniquely positioned to help grow our practice, especially across the Southeast region, and we are delighted to have him join the team.”
Commenting on his move, Mr. Naik said, “Squire Patton Boggs is chock full of some of the world’s best public policy and legal professionals and joining a global firm of its stature in a market where it has invested in growth is just a fantastic opportunity. I am looking forward to contributing to the firm’s continued success.”
Since opening its Atlanta office in early 2018 with a team of three partners, Squire Patton Boggs has expanded the office to 16 lawyers handling transactional, litigation, privacy and cybersecurity, infrastructure and public policy matters for a range of global and domestic clients.