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The Early Years

Shawn Dingus 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.


As a student at Morehead, Shawn Dingus 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 Dingus 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 Dingus 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 Dingus 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 Dingus 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 Dingus decided to set out on his own and opened his own law firm, The Law Office of M. Shawn Dingus. In 2009, Shawn Dingus joined Columbus attorney Ronald Plymale to form the firm of Plymale & Dingus, where he represents 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

  • Columbus CEO: Top Lawyers, 2015
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2013
  • 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

Meet Shawn Dingus