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Lauren N. Gresh

Lauren Gresh is a distinguished employee benefits attorney who brings nearly two decades of experience in benefits management and administration. Having previously served as in-house counsel to a million-member Ohio public pension fund, Lauren has successfully created new health care trusts and plans for over 140,000 participants, modernized health care trusts and plans for ease of operation, Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance and tax reporting, and advised transactional staff in consultant and vendor procurement processes and contract negotiations.

Lauren’s practice also focuses on legislative strategy, lobbying and education to legislators and stakeholders. She has drafted legislation for Ohio’s public pension funds and has participated in the budget bill process.

Committed to education and making sure that her clients are aware of current regulations, Lauren frequently conducts training and gives presentations on policies, procedures and legal issues, most recently on the topics of post-marital property division, criminal restitution and innovative health care solutions for plan sponsors.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Volunteer, Pro Bono Tenant Advocacy Program, Legal Aid Society of Columbus
  • Volunteer, St. Peter’s Open Shelter Ministry
  • Secretary, Potter’s Creek Neighborhood Association
  • 20-year member, Elks, B.P.O.E Lodge 231

Bar Admissions & Activities

  • Admitted, State of Ohio, 2000

Awards & Recognition

  • Recipient, OPERS Neil V. Toth Leadership Award

Education

  • Capital University (J.D., order of the curia), 2000
  • The Ohio State University (B.A. in Political Science, cum laude), 1997
A family of Elks
A family of Elks

Lauren and her family are all members of Ohio River Valley Lodge 231, located in Martins Ferry, Ohio, which was founded by her great-grandfather. However, its most distinguished member is her father, James Nichelson, Past Grand Exalted Ruler (2009-210). A fact unknown to many, the Elks organization is one of the largest service organizations in the country.



Committed blood donor
Committed blood donor

Over the past 18 years, Lauren's donated 8 gallons (64 units) of blood, which, according to the Red Cross, has impacted 192 lives. Lauren loves to donate, because it often helps people in their worst time of need. It also reminds her to be thankful for her own health and helps her appreciate and honor the great example of blood donation set by her mother.