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Atman Trivedi Explains Why Success with North Korea Requires the US to Stand By Allies

In a piece for the Pacific Forum, Mr. Trivedi discusses why the most likely path to denuclearization requires recognizing that “America First” cannot be America alone.

Atman Trivedi: Japan & Other U.S. Allies Are Working Overtime to Rescue Asia’s Regional Order

In a piece for YaleGlobal Online, Mr. Trivedi describes how Japan and other U.S. allies are providing regional leadership on TPP and security, with Asia and America in flux.

Even Amid High Tensions Before The Summit Of The Americas, Latin American Leaders Do Not Want To "Burn Bridges" With the U.S.

In an interview with NPR’s Marketplace, Amb. Watson describes Latin American leaders as pragmatic and wanting the best relationship possible with the U.S. despite the controversy prior to the Summit of the Americas.


Our Principals

Vast bipartisan experience with U.S. & foreign governments. U.S. Trade Representative. Chief NAFTA negotiators. Ambassadors to the United Nations, India, Russia, Israel, Nigeria, and more. Chargé to Brazil. Advisers to CEOs. Numerous Fortune 500 boards. Chairs of influential think tanks & NGOs.

Carla A. Hills

Ambassador Carla Hills is Chair and Chief Executive Officer of Hills & Company. Carla served as U.S. Trade Representative in the first Bush Administration and as Secretary for Housing and Urban Development in the Ford Administration. She successfully led U.S. negotiations for the North American Free Trade Agreement. Carla was Assistant Attorney General heading the Civil Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. She co-founded and was a partner of what is now Munger, Tolles, & Olson LLP. Carla has served on the boards of several Fortune 500 companies, including AIG, AT&T, Chevron, Gilead Sciences, IBM, Time Warner, and United Airlines. She is a member of the JP Morgan International Council. Her service on not-for-profit boards includes chairing the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, co-chairing the Inter-American Dialogue, and serving as the Chair Emeritus of the Council on Foreign Relations (after being its co-chair until July 2017).

Thomas R. Pickering

Ambassador Tom Pickering is Vice Chair of Hills & Company. Tom served as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs under President Clinton and as U.S. Ambassador to Russia, India, Israel, El Salvador, Nigeria, and Jordan. He was the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations in the first Bush Administration, and held positions including Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Oceans, Environmental and Scientific Affairs, and Special Assistant to Secretaries of State William Rogers and Henry Kissinger. After government service, Tom joined The Boeing Company as Senior Vice President, International Relations and led its transition to a global organization. He chairs or serves on many not-for-profit boards, including The International Crisis Group, and as Chairman of the Board of the American Academy of Diplomacy. Tom speaks French, Spanish, and Swahili fluently and also Arabic, Hebrew, and Russian.

Robert C. Fisher

Bob Fisher is a Managing Director at Hills & Company. Bob has over 35 years of experience in trade, investment, and economics and is a widely-recognized authority on market access. He served for nine years in the U.S. Trade Representative's office, including as the Director for Mexico and the Deputy Chief Economist. In the former role, Bob was the U.S. industrial market access negotiator for NAFTA. He spent four years as Trade Policy Commercial Officer at the British Embassy in Washington. Since joining the firm over 20 years ago, Bob has advised many Fortune 500 clients on issues worldwide.

Alexander F.  Watson

Ambassador Alec Watson is a Managing Director at Hills & Company. Alec served as U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs, Deputy Ambassador to the United Nations, Ambassador to Peru, as well as charge d’affaires in Brazil, Colombia, and Bolivia. After government service, Alec was the executive director of international programs of The Nature Conservancy and served as the President of the Pan-American Development Foundation and the Una Chapman Cox Foundation, among other not-for-profit boards.

Atman M. Trivedi

Atman Trivedi is a Managing Director at Hills & Company. He served as Senior Director for Policy in the Commerce Department’s international bureau and played a leading role on India. He was Chief of Staff in the State Department’s nonproliferation bureau. Atman worked as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman John Kerry’s Counsel on India and Southeast Asia, and advised him on China, Japan, and Korea. He previously led Kerry’s activities on defense, intelligence, and homeland security. Atman was an international trade lawyer at WilmerHale LLP.

Clients We Serve

We work with Fortune 500 companies, other global firms, and organizations in the agriculture, food and beverage, consumer products, aerospace/defense, technology, telecommunications, financial services/insurance, energy, infrastructure, pharmaceuticals, and medical devices sectors.

An illustrative list of current and prior clients includes:

  • The Coca-Cola Company
  • Chevron
  • Mars Incorporated
  • Qualcomm
  • The Boeing Company
  • Procter & Gamble
  • Pfizer
  • Novartis
  • Medtronic
  • Bechtel Corporation
  • KBR, Inc.
  • Rolls-Royce North America
  • Inter-American Development Bank
  • Deloitte
  • AIG
  • Bear Stearns Companies
  • Trust Company of the West
  • Oaktree Capital
  • Elliott Management Corporation
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • The Mills Corporation
  • RG Barry Corporation
  • The Energy Services Coalition
  • Asian Strategic Investments Corporation
  • U.S. Grains Council
  • Albany International Corporation
  • Hines Real Estate

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