Actively represent more than 30 clients before the Ohio General Assembly, state agencies and local government entities. Longtime clients include the Association of Ohio Life Insurance Companies, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association, the Ohio Association of Physician Assistants and Northeast Ohio Public Energy Council.
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 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 development, coalition building, legal analysis and drafting.
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 the use of drones by public and private entities. He is also a member of the firm's Diversity & Inclusion Committee.
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.
- 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
- Orator, Order Sons of Italy in America, Scoprimento Lodge #2599
- Author, "Recent Developments" (Renewable Energy, State Specific Update), American Bar Association, Section of Public Utility Communications and Transportation Law, 2011-2015
- Speaker, "Government Affairs Quick Hits," Bricker & Eckler LLP CLE seminar, July 22, 2014; July 23, 2015
- Admitted, State of Ohio; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio
- 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)
2016 lame duck summary and 2017 budget preview
2016 post-general election update
Newly established FAA Drone Advisory Committee holds inaugural meeting
New FAA rules just the beginning for drone regulation
DOL releases long-awaited final rule
Schmenk and Lestini’s economic and community development briefing featured in Kenton, Ohio, news
Bricker & Eckler elects new partners
Bricker & Eckler opens law office in Marietta
Actively assist several insurance companies, including multiple Fortune 500 companies, with questions regarding Ohio Department of Insurance regulations. Combining our knowledge of both the State Department and appurtenant regulations with an appreciation for those federal entities moving into the insurance regulatory space, we represent these companies in negotiations, rate and product filings, and investigations.
Assisted a client in understanding state procurement, bid protests and contract requirements.
Formed and worked with the Southeastern Ohio Landowners Association (SEOLA) to combine the acreage of landowners in five southeastern counties in order to negotiate oil and gas leases with multiple energy companies. SEOLA blossomed into the longest-lasting and most successful landowners group in Ohio with a dozen deals closed with eight different oil and gas companies, involving approximately 70,000 acres and more than $300 million in upfront, per-acre bonus payments to SEOLA landowners.
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.
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.
Greg is the proud father of two beautiful young ladies, Isabella and Sophia, 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.