HUNTINGTON – Chris Plybon, a partner with Dinsmore & Shohl, recently was named Mentor of the Year at the firm’s annual Attorney Dinner.

Plybon’s fellow attorneys chose him as Mentor of the Year for his dedication to the professional development and education of his fellow attorneys, the firm noted in a press release.

Plybon is a partner in the firm’s Huntington office. He concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate, commercial transactions, banking and bankruptcy.

“I was deeply honored to receive the award," Plybon told The West Virginia Record. "It is nice to know that your efforts over the years have actually been helpful to others. The fact that a number of colleagues, old and new, took the time to put forward and support my nomination was particularly gratifying.” 

Plybon explained that he enjoys teaching younger lawyers. 

“I very much appreciated the help and instruction I received starting out in the practice of law and have always enjoyed teaching. I am sometimes blessed with patience,” he said. 

He noted that helping younger lawyers is important.

“In a business of pressure and tight deadlines, younger attorneys are often left to their own devices," he said. "A willingness to take the time to answer day-to-day questions and explain the ‘why’ behind actions and answers on particular projects were cited as some of the reasons for the honor.”

Plybon was not the only attorney honored. Katherine Capito and Sarah Cameron, both associates, received the Difference Maker award, given in memory of Alice J. Neeley.

The firm’s Difference Maker award, given to associates Cameron and Capito, was established in 2004 to honor former associate Alice Neeley. Neeley “... inspired others through her professionalism and positivity during her battle with cancer,” the firm explained in its press release.

The firm also honored Jim Gottman with the Retired Partner award.

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