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Shawn Dingus

Personal injury Attorney at Columbus, OH

5.0   2 reviews

also known as Michael Dingus, Michael Shawn Dingus

  • Licensed for 24 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1998
    Active No misconduct found

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About Shawn

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Family History

Shawn was born and raised in Flatwoods, Kentucky, a small town located in the eastern region of the state. His father worked as a railroad employee for C&O Railroad, Chessie System and CSX Transportation, and his mother cleaned homes and businesses on a part-time basis. After graduating from Russell High School with honors in 1990, he was the first in his family to attend college, choosing to attend Morehead State University on a  scholarship.

 Undergraduate Studies

As a student at Morehead, Shawn was very involved in student government, including serving as president of his fraternity, Lambda Chi Alpha, serving as executive vice-president of the IntraFraternal Council, and running for office in the Student Government Association. In 1994, he was named the University's Greek Man of the Year, for his dedication and commitment to the fraternal system at the university. He graduated from Morehead in 1994 with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and a minor in Philosophy.

 Law School

In 1995, Shawn elected to attend the University of Akron School of Law, where he continued to serve in student government, first as Treasurer of the Student Bar Association, and next as President of Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity. Shawn was also appointed to serve as the law school's representative to the American Bar Association in 1997, and served as its representative at the ABA National Convention in San Francisco, California in 1998. In that same year, he received his Juris Doctorate from Akron, graduating in the top 10% of his class, with a cum laude distinction.



Upon graduation and passage of the state bar exam in 1998, Shawn accepted a position as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Morrow County, Ohio. He initially served the county as the prosecutor assigned to prosecute juvenile delinquency cases and represent the Morrow County Children Services Agency in cases involving abused and neglected children. He was later assigned to the adult criminal division, where he prosecuted adults charged with misdemeanors and felonies, which ranged from simple speeding violations to Aggravated Murder.

In 2000, Shawn left the prosecutor's office and accepted an associate position with The Plymale Partnership in downtown Columbus, where he represented individuals in civil matters, which included representation in bad faith actions against insurance companies and wrongful death actions. During his tenure at The Plymale Partnership, he served on the board of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association and was presented with the Association's Slugger Award in 2002 for his dedication and commitment to injured victims and their families.

In 2003, Shawn decided to set-out on his own and opened his own law firm, The Law Office of M. Shawn Dingus.   In 2009, Shawn joined Columbus attorney Ronald Plymale to form the firm of Plymale & Dingus, where he  represent individuals and small businesses in civil and criminal matters. He has had the honor of representing hundreds of individuals and businesses in cases ranging from wrongful death actions to divorce and child custody matters.

Shawn is involved in his community by serving on numerous professional and political boards and committees, as well as volunteering for various causes. He is a Board of Trustees member for the Central Community House and also serves on the Board of Directors of the American Constitution Society.  He is also a member of the First Congregational Church in downtown Columbus.


Areas of Practice

  • Criminal Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Domestic Relations
  • Civil Litigation (Litigation Percentage: 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation)




    • University of Akron School of Law, Akron, Ohio , Juris Doctorate (Cum Laude)
      • Honors: The Top 10%
      • Honors: Treasurer, Student Bar Association
      • Honors: President, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
      • Morehead State University, Bachelor of Arts - 1994
      • Honors: President, Lambda Chi Alpha, Fraternity
      • Honors: Executive Vice-President, IntraFraternal Council
      • Honors: Student Government Association
      • Honors: Named the University's "Greek Man of the Year"
      • Major: Government
      • Minor: Philosophy
Honors or Awards
      • Awarded the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association Slugger Award for Negligence work
      • Named "Ohio Rising Star" by Ohio Super Lawyers in 2011
      • Recognized as Top 40 Trial Lawyers in Ohio under 40 by the National Trial Lawyers Association
Professional Associations and Memberships
    • Ohio State Bar Association
    • Columbus Bar Association
    • American Association for Justice
    • Ohio Association for Justice
    • Central Ohio Association for Justice
    • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    • Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers
    • American Constitution Society
    • The Shamrock Club of Columbus


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Plymale & Dingus
136 W Mound Street
Suite 100
Columbus, OH, 43215


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Posted by Melody | March 22, 2014
Easy to talk to, reachable, and helpful staff
I originally hired Mr. Dingus to help me and my ex modify the school placement for our daughter. When things became difficult during that process I decided to pursue primary custody of our daughter. Mr. Dingus and his paralegal Ichelle were very helpful and responsive during this difficult process for me and my daughter. I will definitely use him in the future (I hope I don't need him again) and will definitely recommend him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | February 20, 2013
Helped me Out When I Was in a Bind
Shawn helped resolve a case where a customer disputed what was promised to him at my auto body shop. He was patient, understanding and a good listener. Can't imagine having someone better on my side.


  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Managing Partner
  • Plymale & Dingus
  • 2009 - Present
  • Owner
  • The Law Office of M. Shawn Dingus
  • 2003 - 2009
  • Associate Attorney
  • The Plymale Partnership
  • 2001 - 2003
  • Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
  • Morrow County Prosecutor's Office
  • 1998 - 2001
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  • University of Akron School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1998
  • Morehead State University
  • Bachelor of Arts
  • 1994

Legal Cases

  • Crews v. Century Surety Insurance Co.
  • Affirmed


  • American Constitution Society for Law and Policy
  • Social Chairman
  • 2010 - Present
  • Ohio Association for Justice
  • 2001 - Present
  • Central Ohio Association for Justice
  • 2001 - Present
  • Ohio State Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • Columbus Bar Association
  • 2001 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • N/A
  • Ohio Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Central Ohio Association of Juvenile Lawyers
  • N/A
  • The Shamrock Club of Columbus
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Top Lawyers
  • Columbus CEO
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • The National Trial Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Top 40 Lawyer Under 40
  • National Trial Laywers Association
  • 2012
  • Ohio Rising Star
  • Ohio Super Lawyers
  • 2011
  • Slugger Award for Negligence
  • Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
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Speaking Engagements

  • Handling Medicare Set Asides
  • Medicare Liens
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (4)
Given (12)
Endorse Shawn
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse M. Shawn. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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