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Gregory J. Lestini

Greg Lestini focuses his practice on the connection between law and public policy, utilizing years of experience in state and local government. He advocates for trade associations, private business and not-for-profit interests before the Federal Government, Ohio legislature, state agencies and regulatory bodies. Greg also serves on Bricker & Eckler’s Southeast Ohio and Shale task forces.

Greg advises clients on complex regulatory and legislative issues in the insurance, health care, financial services and public sector industries. He also lobbies state, local and federal elected officials on behalf of those clients. His counsel includes strategic planning, coalition building, legal analysis and legislative drafting advice.

He is active in social media and maintains his own twitter account. Greg also contributes regularly to updates on legal and business developments in the insurance space and as it relates to finance and insurance technology by public and private entities. He is active in many firm committees and organized an art show in the halls of Bricker highlighting local community artists.

Greg is a former Chief of Staff for the Ohio Senate Democratic Caucus; a Legislative Analyst for the Office of the President Pro Tem of the Columbus City Council; and a legislative aide with the Ohio Senate. Following law school, Greg also participated in Americorps' Legal Service Corps, practicing eviction defense for clients in Northwest Ohio as an attorney with Advocates for Basic Legal Equality located in Toledo.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Associate Member, Federation of Regulatory Counsel (FORC)
  • Member, Advocacy Committee, YWCA Columbus
  • Member, Advisory Board, Ohio Diversity Council
  • Member, Central Ohio Greenways Board, 2015-present
  • Member, Bricker & Eckler’s Southeast Ohio team
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission (Franklin County At-Large)
  • Member, Board of Trustees, iBelieve Foundation, 2014-present
  • Member, Order Sons of Italy in America, State Lodge

Presentations & Published Works

  • Panelist, "IRC CLE Panel on Insurance Innovation, Technology & Distribution," ABA TIPS Midwinter CLE Symposium, January 2018
  • Speaker, "State Operating Budget," Bricker & Eckler LLP's Government Affairs CLE Finance and Technology Seminar Presentation, July 11, 2017
  • Speaker, "2015 Election Wrap-Up Panel," Bricker & Eckler LLP's Government Affairs CLE Seminar, November 5, 2015
  • Speaker, "Surprises in the 2016-2017 State Operating Budget," Bricker & Eckler LLP's Government Affairs Quick Hits CLE Seminar, July 23, 2015
  • Author, "Recent Developments" (Renewable Energy, State Specific Update), American Bar Association, Section of Public Utility Communications and Transportation Law, 2011-2015
  • Speaker, "Mid-Biennium Budget Review" and "Lobbying 101: Why Effective Advocacy Matters," Bricker & Eckler LLP's Government Affairs Quick Hits CLE Seminar, July 22, 2014

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio

Awards & Recognition

  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers (Government Relations; Legislative & Governmental Affairs; Land Use/Zoning; Administrative Law), 2018

Education

  • The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law (J.D., 2002); Moot Court Chief Justice
  • The Ohio State University (B.A., political science and international peace studies, magna cum laude, 1999)
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Greg is an avid cyclist and enjoys commuting to work when possible. He has participated in a handful of charity rides including two 50-milers for Pelotonia and Pedal with Pete for Cerebral Palsy. He’s currently rebuilding a mountain bike and can’t decide if it’s cathartic or maddening.



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Ciao!

Deeply proud of his Italian heritage, Greg is a member of the Columbus Order Sons of Italy in America Lodge (OSIA #2599) and is beginning Italian lessons to help better serve clients and better order food. He is 100% Italian and his paternal Grandfather, Terzilio Lestini emigrated from Perugia, Italy when he was only 14.



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Best job

Greg is the proud father of two beautiful young ladies who keep him young and make him feel old all at the same time. His greatest wish is to live long enough to be an embarrassment to both girls.