Jessica J. Zerbst, a founding Shareholder, came to Madison, Wisconsin from Michigan, upon her acceptance to the University of Wisconsin Law School, and she has made Madison her home ever since. Her legal skills are complimented by her undergraduate business administration degree, with an emphasis in accounting, from Michigan Technological University, where she graduated summa cum laude. While there as a student, she gained extensive practical accounting and tax skills while working in the Internal Auditing Department at MichiganTechnological University. She also worked at the State of Michigan Auditor’s Office and in the tax department at the prestigious accounting firm of PriceWaterhouseCoopers.
While at the University of Wisconsin Law School, she interned for a mid-sized Madison law firm, which then hired her as an associate attorney. It was there she realized the great value to her clients of employing her skills in accounting and tax to assist with difficult and complicated asset and debt allocations that so often accompany divorce. This began her focus into family law, which is currently her primary area of practice.
With her extensive education and experience, in combination with personal interest and enthusiasm for family and business law, Jessica effectively focuses her legal practice on providing superior legal representation and services for individuals having family law matters, and individuals and businesses with their transactional business and real estate needs.
Jessica enjoys representing clients in contested hearings and trials with appropriate levels of enthusiasm, while also doing the homework and knowing the law. These areas require a broad understanding of complex valuation and tax consequences, in addition to legal knowledge and trial skills in order to be an effective advocate for her clients. Jessica understands that settlement can be in the best interests of all parties involved, but only when the parties are willing to be reasonable, particularly in a divorce. As a result Jessica has become a member of the Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc., and can offer this service to you, if right for your situation.
Primary Areas of Legal Representation and Services:
Family Law / Divorce / Pre-nups / Same Sex Divorce / Same Sex Pre Nuptial Agreements. Jessica has represented clients in family law matters including divorce, support, and property division litigation, co-tenancy, and marital property agreements.
Business Law. Jessica counsels a wide variety of small to medium sized companies in all aspects of their operations, including acquisitions and sales. She works with corporations, limited liability companies, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships, and general partnerships in their organization, operation and dissolution phases.
Real Estate. Jessica represents a wide variety of property owners, users, and investors, advising them on issues such as boundary disputes, easements, and drafts a wide variety of real estate related agreements such as land contracts, shared drive agreements, and sales agreements. As a landlord herself, Jessica brings much practical experience to her representation of business owners, landlord-tenant issues and real estate transactions.
Landlord Tenant. Jessica represents Landlords and Tenants in disputes. As a landlord and a property manager, Jessica has extensive practical and up-to-date knowledge of landlord tenant issues.
Legal Credentials and Memberships:
- American Bar Association, member
- Wisconsin Bar Association, member
- Sauk County Bar Association, member
- Dane County Bar Association, member
- State of Wisconsin
- U.S. Tax Court
- U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Wisconsin
Previous and Current Business Association Memberships and Experience:
- Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin, Inc. (Current Member)
- Madison Metro Chapter Women’s Council of Realtors, (Past Secretary)
- BNI, Business Networking International, local chapter (Past President and Vice President)
- Apartment Association of South Central Wisconsin (Member)
- MABA, Madison Area Builders Association (Past associate member)
- NBA, National Builders Association, (Past associate member)
- OPEN Madison (Current Member)