Lawren Mills is an Ice Miller partner concentrating on state and federal public affairs management, including legislative monitoring and representation, administrative law and government procurement, campaign finance and election law compliance.
Lawren previously served as the senior policy director and legislative director for then-Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels. During her five years as advisor to the governor, she focused on issues relating to Medicaid, SNAP, TANF, and various other matters ranging from child welfare issues, public health, and insurance regulation. Lawren also helped lead a state team tasked with analyzing and implementing Indiana’s response to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Further, Lawren served as the governor's chief lobbyist, successfully coordinating a legislative agenda that included a balanced budget without a tax increase, transparencies in local government, historic charter school and voucher reforms, economic development legislation, and redistricting.
Lawren's prior experience also includes serving as the strategic initiatives program director at the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, where she assisted in the creation, development, and implementation of the Healthy Indiana Plan (HIP)—the nation’s first consumer-driven health plan in the history of Medicaid. HIP is now a national model and has been replicated in multiple states. She also spent two years in private practice in the areas of health law and labor and employment law.
Lawren earned her bachelor's degree cum laude in communications from DePauw University, where she was also a Management Fellow. She received her juris doctorate from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Lawren joined Ice Miller in 2011. She is active in politics, the legal community, with her alma mater, and the arts.