A career prosecutor, Bob Berlin was sworn in as DuPage County State’s Attorney in December 2010. He serves as the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for the 2nd largest county in Illinois, and leads an office of 84 Assistant State’s Attorneys and 100 support staff.
Berlin previously had served as Chief of the Criminal Bureau since April 2010, where he managed and supervised 70 attorneys in the felony, misdemeanor, juvenile, and special prosecutions divisions, while assigned a number of significant felony cases. He was a member of State’s Attorney Birkett’s Management Team and the Capital Litigation Committee.
Prior to the Criminal Bureau, he had served as Deputy Chief of Felony Trial Division, where he managed and supervised 18 attorneys and 6 felony courtrooms, while assigned a number of significant felony cases. He tried 4 first degree murder jury trials, including 3 death penalty cases, and one first degree murder bench trial.
He joined the DuPage County State’s Attorney in 2004, when he became Deputy Chief of the Juvenile Division. In the Juvenile Division, he managed and supervised three juvenile delinquency and abuse and neglect courtrooms.
From 2001 to 2004, Berlin served as First Assistant State’s Attorney in the office of the Kane County State’s Attorney. He managed and supervised an office of 60 lawyers and 80 support staff; developed and implemented new policies including community prosecution and felony review unit; and tried 10 felony jury trials as chief of the priority prosecution unit, including nine murder cases and 3 death penalty cases.
He had previously served as an Assistant State’s Attorney in the office of the Cook County State’s Attorney. He tried 68 felony jury trials, including 40 first degree murder cases, and hundreds of felony bench trials, including more than 50 homicide cases. He worked in criminal appeals, misdemeanor, felony review, child exploitation, preliminary hearings and felony trial divisions. He served as Deputy Supervisor of the Criminal Appeals Division from 1997 to 2001. He also argued appeals in Illinois Appellate and Illinois Supreme Court.
Berlin received his J.D. from Washington University School of Law (St. Louis) in May 1987 after graduating from Dickinson College in Carlisle, PA. He is married with two daughters, ages 13 and 10.
- Association of Government Attorneys in Capital Litigation Board of Directors’ Trial Award, August 2003.
- Kane County Outstanding Prosecutor Award, 2004.
- Member, Capital Litigation Trial Bar Screening Committee, 16th Judicial Circuit.
- Member, Felony Investigative Assistance Team, DuPage County
- Republican Precinct Committeeman, 37th Precinct Downers Grove Township
TEACHING AND PRESENTATIONS
- Lecturer and Instructor, Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor Capital Litigation Course, 2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, and 2010.
- Lecturer, American Prosecutors Research Institute Seminar on Hate Crimes, 1999
- Lecturer, Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor Seminar on Search and Seizure, 2000
- Lecturer, Illinois Prosecutors Bar Association Seminar, 2002, 2003, 2006.
- Panelist, “Parents Teens, Parties and the Law,” Glenbard North High School, 2011