Principal, Tax Department
  • About Pete

    Pete Zich heads Dugan & Lopatka’s Tax Department.  In that capacity Pete is involved in tax planning and consulting for corporations, LLCs, partnerships, S corporations and Individuals.  Some of his responsibilities includes advising our clients ion minimizing their taxes on an annual basis; analyzing the tax impact of a client’s business decisions and discussing with clients alternative strategies.

    He also assists clients from a wide variety of industries with structuring business acquisitions, ownership transfers and how best to retain key employees.   He also is tasked with reviewing client state filings to discuss their possible exposure and opportunities regarding state compliance.  Pete also works to increase communications with clients to eliminate the potential for unanticipated tax obligations.


    Pete is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accounts (AICPA) and the Illinois CPA Society.  Since 1995 he has been a Certified Valuation Analyst (CVA), but currently is on inactive status.   He is also a former member of the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.


    Since 2015 Pete has been the treasurer and member of the board of directors of SCAD Research Inc., which is dedicated to raising funds to support Spontaneous Coronary Artery Dissection (SCAD) research and to bring awareness, dissemination of knowledge and research findings to patients with SCAD.

    Pete also serves the community as a volunteer at PAWS Animal Shelter.  He previously served as the treasurer at The Family School.


    Pete has participated in numerous speaking engagements and interviews on behalf of Dugan & Lopatka for clients and prospects through the years.  His most recent speaking engagements include

    • Tax Cuts & Jobs Act Interview, NCTV17 Business Connection (May-June 2018).
    • U.S. Tax Reform, What it Means for You and Your Business, Arrowhead Country Club (February 2018).
    • University of Illinois – Bachelors of Arts in Accountancy (1986).
    • Licensed Certified Public Accountant in the State of Illinois.

    Pete is married with two daughters and always makes sure that his family comes first in his life.  He is an avid tennis player and enjoys photography.  He also loves rooting for the Chicago Blackhawks hockey team.


    Pete and his brother are the proud owners of two restaurants.