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Denise R. Wilson

Denise R. Wilson

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Practice Areas:

  • Family Law
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Elder Law
  • Small Claims
  • Traffic


Denise R. Wilson is an associate with the Firm, joining Zerbst & Kluck. She comes to the practice of Law and this Firm after a successful career as an educator, instructional designer, and project manager. Growing up in Carroll County Maryland, working in the Washington, D.C. area, moving to Albuquerque N.M., then to Chicago, IL, she brings a unique perspective to her family law and elder law practice.

Denise has both Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Education. She started her career in Maryland as a public-school teacher, then instructional designer working for government agencies, contractors, corporations, even a Tribal Middle School. These work experiences drove her deep interest in how government policy and the legal system impact regular people, diverse populations, and more importantly, how access to those systems matter.

Denise decided to turn that interest into action by going back to school one more time: to Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. There, she deepened her understanding of how constitutional law impacts our lives, how local, state, and federal agencies that she had worked for touch daily lives. Education and family law classes narrowed her practice focus to all aspects of family law with an interest in elder law and the policy that impacts both. Experiences at Loyola Law, including work with real clients at Legal Aid Chicago, only drove her intention to put theory into practice.

Attorney Wilson graduated from Loyola University of Chicago in 2019 with a JD. She passed the Wisconsin Bar Exam and was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 2020. She joined Zerbst & Kluck, S.C., in August of 2021. Divorce, child custody, issues with navigating the later stages of life, do not often have easy outcomes or even great outcomes. Denise focuses her practice on finding the best outcome possible given the client's unique circumstances.

Attorney Wilson is licensed to practice in all state courts in Wisconsin as well as the Western District Federal Court. She lives in Stoughton with her partner, a retired tax attorney and computer specialist. When she is not learning to cook something new or reading, Denise is slowly turning her lawn into a prairie, home to a variety of animal life, birds, and slowly returning bees.


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2019
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts - 1987
    • Major: Secondary Education
    • Minor: Modern Foreign Languages
  • Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
    • M.Ed. - 2013
    • Major: Learning Design & Technology

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Wisconsin, 2020
  • Wisconsin, 2020

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Legal Women’s Association

Current Employment Position

  • Attorney