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Car Crash Death
$75 Million Verdict

St. Charles County jury delivers $75 million verdict to the family of a man killed by a DWI suspect evading police.⁠

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Wrongful Death
J.C. Pleban Settles Case for $2,500,000, 100x Policy Limits

J.C. Pleban recently settled a wrongful death case for $2,500,000.00. Following a tragic death, clients attempted to settle with the insurance carrier, who had only $25,000.00 in coverage. The carrier agreed...

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J.C. Pleban obtains $2,000,000.00 settlement for a client who was forced to leave his job after reporting safety problems.

April 3, 2018
$2 million settlement for racial discrimination against St. Louis police

The June settlement of a case in which a white police officer alleged the department promoted a less qualified black candidate over him has pushed the amount of money paid out to close to $2 million...

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Jury Awarded J.C. Pleban’s Client 10x Settlement Offer

J.C. Pleban obtained a jury verdict for his client who was injured in a products liability case. The verdict was ten times what the large company offered to settle the case. It was recently upheld on appeal.

June 19, 2019
J.C. Pleban's Client Awarded $1.1 Million in Racial Discrimination Lawsuit

The city has settled a racial discrimination lawsuit involving a black St. Louis police captain for $1.1 million...

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J.C. Pleban


J.C. Pleban’s practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in all aspects of civil litigation, civil rights, wrongful death, products liability, personal injury and employment law.  He has also represented clients in the United States Court of Federal Claims who suffered injuries from the administration of vaccines.

J.C.’s work has resulted in awards that exceed $100 million for his clients.

He represents clients from pre-suit matters through trial and appeals.  He has successfully tried civil cases for both plaintiffs and defendants.  J.C. has also successfully tried multiple administrative hearings.  In addition, J.C. tried multiple criminal cases while interning with the Public Defender’s office.  He worked at a large insurance defense firm and clerked for a federal judge before joining Pleban & Associates.  These wide ranging prior legal experiences have allowed J.C. to bring a unique perspective to each client’s individual needs.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Missouri
  • State of Illinois
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • St. Louis University School of Law (J.D.)
  • Miami University, Oxford, OH (B.A., Finance)
  • St. Louis University High School

Professional Affiliations, Awards, Other Experience

  • The Missouri Bar
  • St. Louis Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association, executive board member and current president
  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • The Theodore McMillian Inns of Court
  • Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys
  • Co-author of Missouri Tort Law (4th ed.)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • Super Lawyers 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Best Law Firms® 2023
  • Best Lawyers® 2023
  • St. Louis Magazine 2024 Best Lawyers®
  • Missouri Lawyer’s Weekly 2023 Award — One of the Largest Verdicts in Missouri ($75 million)

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