Pleban & Petruska Law, L.L.C.
    Attorneys at Law

2010 S. Big Bend Blvd
St. Louis MO 63117
Phone: 314-645-6666
Fax: 314-645-7376
C. John Pleban, Partner and Owner
Born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, July 12, 1949; admitted to bar, 1974, Missouri; 1982, U.S. Supreme Court.  Education: University of Scranton (B.S., 1971); St. Louis University (J.D., 1974). Recipient, Outstanding Service Award, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 1990.  Author: "A New Look at Habeas Corpus Practice: A review of New Missouri Post Conviction Rules and Procedures and Federal Habeas Corpus Strategies."  Author and Publisher: Brief Cases, Legal Intern, U.S. Department of Justice, Drug Enforcement Administration, 1972-1974.  Fellow, Leadership St. Louis, 1988. Legal Advisor, Internal Affairs Division, 1987-1993. General Counsel, 1991-1993. Graduate, National Law Institute, United States Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, 1991. Prosecuting Attorney, City of Frontenac, Missouri, 1999-2005.  Member, The National Affairs Policy Roundtable Committee, 1990. Member, Oxford's Who's Who. Member, Who's Who in the Midwest, and Member, The Missouri Bar.



1982  United States Supreme Court

          United States Tax Court


1975  7th Circuit Court of Appeals

2005  3rd Circuit Court of Appeals


1974  Missouri

          United States District Court - Eastern District of Missouri

          United States District Court - Western District of Missouri

          8th Circuit Court of Appeals


2009  Illinois

          United States District Court – Southern District of Illinois




The Missouri Bar

Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys

Missouri Municipal & Associate Circuit Judges Association



2013- Present              City Attorney, City of Vinita Park, Missouri

2012                            Special Counsel to the City of Valley Park, Missouri

2007 - 2009                 Special Assistant Attorney General- Governor’s E-mail Investigation

2006 - 2010                 Special Counsel to Camden County, Missouri

2001 - 2004                 City Attorney, City of Frontenac, Missouri

2004 - 2007                 Special Counsel to the City of St. Charles, Missouri

2004 - 2007                 Special Counsel to the Osage Beach Fire Protection District

1998 - 1999                 Special Counsel to the City of Frontenac, Missouri

1997 - 2001                 Special Counsel to the Mayor of the City of St. Louis, Missouri

1996 - Present             Special Counsel to the Chesterfield Police Department

1998 - Present             Legal Advisor, St. Louis Police Officers’ Association

1991 - 1993                 Special Assistant Attorney General and Legal Advisor, Missouri State Highway Patrol

1990- Present              Lecturer, Missouri Bar and NBI Continuing Legal Education Programs

1998–Present              Visiting Lecturer, St. Louis University, Washington University, University of Missouri St. Louis,

                                   Webster University, St. Louis Community College, Meramec and Forest Park    

2008-Present               Legal Analyst and Commentator, Fox 2 News

2001-2006                   Host, “Chet Chat”, KTRS Radio, 550 AM, a radio talk show dealing with current legal issues and events

2005                            Best Lawyer, Riverfront Times

2011-Present               Listed in the 2011 Super Lawyers publication in the category of criminal defense

1988-1989                   Fellow - Leadership St. Louis, a Danforth Foundation Program

Conviction of Innocence

For the past 40 years, author Chet Pleban has spent his days in a courtroom talking to juries, trying to convince them that his client was right and the opposition wrong. Many of his clients are police officers who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Conviction of Innocence takes place in a racially charged environment where a white police officer, unable to explain a massive skull fracture, is charged with murdering a young black man by a zealous prosecutor with political ambitions.

Conviction of Innocence 

Ebook release date: Available Now!
Print release date: November 15th, 2014