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April 2012 CBA REPORT
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duo of NFL executives for years to come.
Both are Cincinnati natives: Katie
grew up in Glendale, selling Bengals
tickets as a part-time job and always
attending the games. Katie followed in
her father’s footsteps to Dartmouth,
where she played ice hockey. Returning
to Cincinnati in 1989, she chose law
school (again like her father, who
graduated from Harvard Law School).
Troy grew up in Anderson Township and
attended St. X and then went on to Duke
University, where he played baseball.
He returned to Cincinnati for law
T
hey are Katie and Troy Blackburn,
the daughter and son-in-law of
this year’s NFC Executive of the
Year, Mike Brown. They are also both
graduates of UC College of Law who
have transformed their legal careers in
helping to lead the Cincinnati Bengals’
resurgence as a
contender in the NFL.
With the 2011 high-
energy season now on
the books, they are
focused on 2012 and
building on last year’s
momentum.
I have known Troy
and Katie for many
years, but not well.
Our kids went to high
school together and
Troy and I squared
off against each other
as young litigators. A
devoted Bengals fan,
I was curious to learn
more about the well-
known, and somewhat
mysterious, pair.
They are an extremely
warm and affable
couple, yet noticeably
low key. As Katie puts
it “we aren’t really the
cocktail crowd.”
Like an excited kid, I finally got my
first glimpse into the Bengals front office
— and even the “draft” room — but
better yet, a firsthand account of how
these two local lawyers have become
what you can envision as the dynamic
By Breck Weigel
school, against the advice of his father, a
physician, who “hates lawyers.”
The pair first met at the Taft firm,
where Troy was a first-year summer
clerk and Katie a young associate in
the corporate group. Their first dates
predictably centered around sports —
jogging and tennis. They
have now been married
for 20 years and have
raised two athletes of
their own, Lizzy, 19,
who is a tennis player at
Dartmouth, and Caroline,
17, who will likely play
college lacrosse.
Troy went on to
separate clerkships at
Frost and KMK, before
returning to Taft as a
litigation associate in
1992. He points to his
exposure to “so many
talented and interesting
lawyers” as a key part of
his career development
that has kept him close
to his colleagues in the
Cincinnati Bar ever since.
Katie remembers
fondly the respectful and
close relationship between
her father and founder
Paul Brown. While she
had no expectations of ever working for
the Bengals, she jumped at the chance
to join her father as the team’s general
counsel in 1991 and now serves as the
team’s executive vice president. Troy
joined the high-profile family business
BreckWeigel, with local lawyers/Bengals executives Katie and Troy Blackburn, gets a
behind-the-scenes tour of the Bengals locker room at Paul Brown Stadium.
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