Amol S. Naik has extensive experience managing all aspects of government affairs initiatives for entities ranging from high-growth start-ups initially forming public policy functions to large domestic and multinational corporations. He works with a wide range of clients to orchestrate multijurisdictional public policy campaigns focused on cutting-edge technology policy and infrastructure issues.
Amol focuses his practice on public policy and government affairs work at the state and local levels in Georgia and the Southeastern US, as well as before Congress and the administration in Washington DC, as circumstances dictate. He has developed noteworthy expertise representing innovative companies with disruptive business models that challenge the regulatory status quo.
Amol’s practice also includes representing political campaigns, political action committees and elected officials, including members of Congress, Georgia statewide candidates and multijurisdictional political organizations. He has extensive experience in the field of political law, both as a lawyer in heated political campaigns, and within corporations seeking to establish compliance programs for the myriad existing regulations.
Prior to joining the firm, Amol held a number of senior public policy and legal roles at Google, including leading Google’s state and local public policy, government affairs and corporate social responsibility efforts in the Southeastern US. Amol subsequently led Google Fiber’s external affairs efforts in the Eastern US, which included spearheading the passage of the first “one touch make ready” telecommunications reforms in the US. Amol’s in-house government affairs experience in the technology industry also includes establishing Atlanta-based unicorn MailChimp’s public policy and government affairs functions.
Amol has deep roots in the Atlanta and Georgia political and civic communities, most recently serving as the City of Atlanta’s chief resilience officer and as a senior advisor to the mayor. In this capacity, Amol led Atlanta’s public policy efforts, with a particular emphasis on sustainability, equity and smart cities technology. Notably, Amol led the effort for adoption of Clean Energy Atlanta, a landmark legislation that established Atlanta’s 100% citywide commitment to clean energy by 2035. Previously, Amol served on the 2017 Mayoral Transition Team and was a mayoral appointee to the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Fulton/Atlanta Land Bank Authority. In addition, Amol has extensive experience in Georgia state government, having served as chief of staff to the Georgia Senate Democratic Leader in the Georgia General Assembly.
Amol is a frequent commentator on politics and public policy. He has been quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post and Atlanta Journal-Constitution, among other publications. During the 2020 Presidential campaign, Amol served as a volunteer advisor to Biden for President on Georgia infrastructure issues.
The Atlanta Business Chronicle has selected Amol as a 40 under 40 honoree, and The Daily Report designated him as one of the top 10 lawyers under 40 in Georgia. In 2020, he was named a “Georgia Trailblazer” in the legal profession by The Daily Report. Amol serves on the Carter Center Board of Councilors, is a German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow, and has served on the Emory University Board of Visitors and as an Adjunct Professor at the Emory University School of Law. He is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and LEAD Atlanta. Amol has been an active participant in the American Council for Young Political Leaders, having been a part of US delegations to Argentina, Vietnam, Thailand and Timor-Leste.
Amol holds a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a J.D. from the Emory University School of Law.