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M. Shawn Dingus, Esq.

M. Shawn Dingus

Lawyers Who Get Results. We are commited to representing people like you, not big businesses or government agencies.
Plymale & Dingus, LLC
(1-5 Attorneys)

D.U.I./Criminal and Traffic Defense
Injury and Accidents

136 West Mound Street, Suite 100
Columbus, OH 43215

24 years



Why did you become an attorney?

To make a difference. As an attorney we are asked to help people through some of the most difficult times of their lives. Our responsibility to our clients is great because the role that we play is great. I am proud to work in a profession that can impact the lives of regular people so significantly.

What experiences (work and personal) help you to be a better attorney?

My work in the community has helped me to not only improve my skills as an attorney, but also to become a better person. I greatly enjoy the part that I have played in the reduction of poverty and in the fight for equality, and consider those experiences to be some of the best of my life.

What made you choose your primary specialty focus of law?

I believe that my work as an attorney representing individuals allows me to have the greatest impact on society.

What makes your law firm unique?

We combine significant litigation experience with a desire to achieve justice for our clients.

Describe your ideal client.

I do not expect my clients to be “ideal clients.” All that I ask of them is that they be candid and honest with me, and that they be willing to listen to my advice and suggestions.

Describe your personal interest and hobbies.

I enjoy playing guitar, singing, reading, and a variety of outdoor and athletic activities (mountain bike riding, road bike riding, swimming, volleyball, racquet sports, etc.). I also enjoy traveling and experiencing other cultures.

Describe your charitable activities.

I serve as a board member of several charitable and social/professional organizations, including the Central Community House, American Constitution Society, Equality Ohio Equality Council, and others. I am also a member of The Harmony Project, a local chorus project whose primary objective is to assist local charitable organizations by raising money and volunteering for specific projects.

D.U.I./Criminal and Traffic Defense
  • Appeals
  • Burglary
  • CDL Suspension
  • Child Abuse
  • Computer Crimes
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drugs
  • DUI / OVI
  • Expungements
  • Federal Criminal Law
  • Felony Auto Accidents
  • Forfeiture
  • Juvenile
  • Misdemeanor
  • Probation Violations
  • Search & Seizure
  • Sex offenses
  • Shoplifting
  • Theft and Fraud
  • Traffic and Moving Violations
  • White Collar
Injury and Accidents
  • Accidents
  • Dangerous Conditions
  • Dangerous Products
  • Intentional Injuries
  • Mass Accidents
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Negligence
  • Personal Injury
  • Premise Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Victims of Abuse
  • Wrongful Death

University of Akron School of Law
Juris Doctor (JD), 1998

Bar Association Membership

Ohio State Bar Association
Columbus Bar Association
American Association for Justice
Ohio Association for Justice
Central Ohio Association for Justice
Fraklin County Trial Lawyers Association


B.A., Government, Morehead State University (1994) J.D., Cum Laude, The University of Akron School of Law (1998) Presented with Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association's “Slugger Award” in 2002 for his dedication and commitment to injured victims and their families.

Court Admissions

All Ohio Courts
United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
The United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit

Board/Committee Membership

CBA Solo and Small Firm Committee
CBA Criminal Law Committee
CBA LGBT Committee

Continuing Education

My continuing education requirements are all current.

Bar Admission Date


Supreme Court Number


Licensed In

Ohio (1998), #0070201

Summary of Firm

Lawyers Who Get Results. We are commited to representing people like you, not big businesses or government agencies.

Summary of Previous Employment

Upon graduation and passage of the state bar exam in 1998, I accepted a position as an assistant prosecuting attorney in Morrow County, Ohio. I 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. I was later assigned to the adult criminal division, where I prosecuted adults charged with misdemeanors and felonies, which ranged from simple speeding violations to Aggravated Murder. In 2000, I left the prosecutor's office and accepted an associate position with The Plymale Partnership in downtown Columbus, where I represented individuals in civil matters, which included representation in bad faith actions against insurance companies and wrongful death actions. During my tenure at The Plymale Partnership, I served on the board of the Franklin County Trial Lawyers Association and was presented with the Association's Slugger Award in 2002 for my dedication and commitment to injured victims and their families. In 2003, I decided to set-out on his own and opened his own law firm, The Law Office of M. Shawn Dingus, where I continue to practice today. My practice is limited to civil, criminal and domestic relations litigation. In 2009, Shawn joined Columbus attorney Ronald Plymale to form the firm of Plymale & Dingus, where I continue to represent individuals and small businesses in civil and criminal matters. I have had the honor of representing hundreds of individuals and businesses in cases ranging from wrongful death actions to divorce and child custody matters. During this same period, I have continued to remain involved in my community by serving on numerous professional and political boards and committees, as well as volunteering for various causes. I am also a member of the First Congregational Church in downtown Columbus. I was just appointed to the Board of Trustees of Central Community House (

Free Initial Consultation?

Yes. Call today to speak with one of our attorneys, you won't get a spokesperson, or tell us your story at our website at Evening and weekend appointments are also available.

Typical Retainer Fees

Contingeny fees in personal injury actions. Our retainer requests generally begin at $1,500.00 and increase relative to the complexity of the action.

Fees by Hourly Rate

Contingency fees in personal injury actions. $215.00 per hour in all other matters.


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