Carl J. Dobrich

Senior Director, Investigations

With over 30 years of experience and expertise in combating organized criminal enterprises, leading major homicide investigations and serving as a public safety administrator, Carl Dobrich has a proven track record of delivering professional law enforcement services to government partners, as well as the private sector.

At Hillard Heintze, Carl is largely involved with conducting traditional field interviews, is a liaison with law enforcement and prosecutors, and provides litigation support to various law firms.

Carl had a 25-year career in the Illinois State Police (ISP) culminating in serving as the Captain – Zone Commander, where he managed over 80 investigators and was responsible for state police investigations across nine counties. As a Lieutenant – Narcotics Commander, Carl directed a state-indemnified Task Force, focusing on the interdiction of bulk shipments of illegal drugs and their illegally derived proceeds. He also provided direction to state-indemnified Metropolitan Enforcement Groups, Task Forces and Chicago’s High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Initiative, focusing on narcotics enforcement in the Chicago metropolitan area.

Carl focused on narcotics enforcement – including surveillance, use of confidential sources, undercover operations, collection of evidence and presentation of testimony in court – while Sergeant – Task Force Field Supervisor in southern and northwestern Illinois. As part of a special assignment, Carl spent nearly two years as a Special Agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Carbondale, Illinois where he performed the duties of a federal task force officer focusing on dismantling organized criminal enterprises under the investigation of the ISP and the FBI. On another temporary assignment, Carl worked for the Chicago Police Department Research and Development Division where he developed and updated emergency response plans for mass casualty incidents. For two years, Carl led the state police team responsible for investigating the disappearance of Stacy Peterson, Drew Peterson’s fourth wife, during which time he oversaw dozens of investigators following thousands of leads.

After retiring, Carl worked as a contract investigator for the Illinois State Police, during which time he participated in the Crimes Against Seniors Program, a statewide initiative which investigated complaints of financial exploitation of the elderly. He also served as a consultant for Andrews International where he provided guidance related to the physical security of corporate assets, internal corporate investigations, executive protection and workplace violence prevention.

As Director of Public Safety at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Carl – with the assistance of a 54-person, armed public safety officer workforce – administered campus safety policies to help provide a safe environment for staff and students at four campus locations.

Carl received a Bachelor of Science degree from Eastern Illinois University and has completed the Leadership and Administration of Justice Program from the FBI National Academy.

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