Colleen M. Blandford

Admitted to Practice

  • State of Ohio (1993)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio (1994)
  • Commonwealth of Kentucky (1999)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky (2000)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio (2010)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky (2008)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana (2011)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana (2013)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit (1999)


  • B.A., University of Cincinnati, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, Timothy Walker Founder’s Scholarship

Colleen M. Blandford

Mrs. Blandford is a commercial litigator who practices in areas including insurance law, employment law, construction litigation, higher education litigation, construction, real estate and homeowners disputes, products liability, personal injury and general tort and contract litigation.

Mrs. Blandford is experienced at analyzing insurance coverage issues involving CGL policies, homeowners policies, auto policies, umbrella policies, disability insurance, professional liability insurance and other insurance policies, through coverage opinions and declaratory judgment litigation. This insurance litigation includes experience defending bad faith claims, and has resulted in several appellate decisions interpreting policy provisions. Mrs. Blandford has also been qualified as an expert witness regarding insurance coverage issues, and testified at trial.

Mrs. Blandford counsels clients with regard to employment issues, and has defended discrimination claims at the OCRC, EEOC and trial and appellate court levels, as well as trade secret, unfair competition, non-compete and other employment litigation. She has investigated claims of harassment and discrimination, and has drafted and negotiated severance agreements. She has represented institutions of higher education in employment disputes and defended contract and Title IX claims. She has represented builders, developers and homeowners associations in construction and other disputes. She has defended manufacturers of products such as escalators and elevators against product liability claims. She also assists clients with Board of Revision hearings, trust matters and other contract and commercial litigation.

Mrs. Blandford is a native Cincinnatian, married with four children. In addition to spending many hours cheering on her children, she also enjoys playing indoor soccer year round.

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as one of Ohio’s Super Lawyers
  • Recognized as one of Ohio’s Rising Star Super Lawyers
  • Recognized as one of Cincinnati’s Top 25 Women Super Lawyers (2012)

Community Involvement


Soper v. Infusion Partners, Inc.

2009 US Dist. Lexis 6203 (S.D. Ohio 2009)

Estate of Louise Schaefer Wilshire v. United States of America

2008 U.S. Dist Lexis 91920 (S.D. Ohio 2008)

Gibson v. Precision Strip

2008-Ohio-4958 (2008 Ohio 12th App.)

Florists Mut. Ins. Co. v. Ludy Greenhouse Mfg. Corp.

521 F Supp 2d 661 (S.D. Ohio 2007)

Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Thompson & Ward Leasing Co., Inc.

2005-Ohio-6761 (2005 Ohio 10th App.)


Insurance Law 2011: New and Evolved Types of Insurance Policies; Causes of Action
The Mechanics of Ohio Civil Procedure: The Purpose, Procedure and Strategy of Discovery; Motions, Notices and Hearings
Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Ohio: Gain a New Perspective of Pre-Trial Practice; Consider the Ethical Consequence: It’s Legal, But Is it Right?
Advanced Discovery and Evidence: Scope and Limitations of Discovery; Discovery Best Practice
Employment Law from A to Z in Ohio: Overview & Recent Changes to the Employment Law Alphabet Soup