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Charles E. Dobrusin


P: 312-551-3058

Charles E. Dobrusin is a partner in the firm’s Estate Planning group. Charley has extensive experience in: creation and administration of complex trust systems, having served as a trustee and as counsel to beneficiaries; resolution of family disputes involving trust litigation and arbitration; private trust company formation administration; design and implementation of values-based, tax efficient trust and estate plans; advising family office principles and staff members and collaborating with their other professional advisors; counseling executors, trustees, and beneficiaries on post death administration matters; and creation and representation of charitable entities.

Charley has practiced trust and estate law for more than forty years, first as a partner of two Chicago law firms and most recently, since 2006, as founder and president of Charles E. Dobrusin & Associates Ltd., a trust and estate boutique. Charley graduated from Boston Latin School (1970), Brandeis University (B. A. magna cum laude 1974) and New York University School of Law (1979). He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1979. He was ordained as a Rabbi by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1980.

Currently, Charley participates in the following philanthropic activities: the Professional Advisory Committee and the Philanthropic Funds Committee of the Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago; the Planned Giving Committee of the Chicago Chapter of the American Technion Society; and the Board of Directors of the Bernard Heerey Family Foundation. He is also a member of the Chicago and American Bar Association; the Chicago Estate Planning Counsel; the Chicago Board of Rabbis and the Rabbinical Assembly.

Practice Area:

  • Estate Planning


  • New York University Law (J.D., 1979)
  • Brandeis University (B.A. magna cum laude, 1974)


  • Illinois State Bar (1979)


  • American Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Chicago Estate Planning Council


  • Honorary Doctorate of Divinity (Jewish Theological Seminary of America, 2010)