Dawson & Associates LLC, a workers’ compensation boutique firm, has been acquired by Dinsmore & Shohl LLP. The move doubles Dinsmore’s workers’ compensation group in the Columbus area. Dinsmore now has 79 total attorneys in Columbus, and the firm is already the seventh-largest in the city.

Managing Partner Shane Dawson and his three associates (Jared Buker, Melissa Black and Niki Talik) will join the Dinsmore Columbus office. One secretary and two paralegals will also join Dinsmore from Dawson.

Dawson formed Dawson & Associates in 2007 after 10-plus years with three different firms and over four years as a criminal investigator and fraud analyst with the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation.

“The idea of having multiple offices to assist with what we do, and to take care of our clients from Lake Erie to the Ohio River, is what brought me to Dinsmore,” Dawson said in a statement. “Everything fits together in terms of our approach and what the whole Dinsmore group does in Ohio.”