Jessica J. Zerbst


In memoriam


Jessica Joan Zerbst, formerly of Michigan, succumbed to illness and medical complications on Sunday, December 3, 2017, after a two-week fight in the University of Wisconsin-Madison Hospital ICU.

For anyone who knew Jessica, she was one to never yield to any challenges in her life. She lived life to its fullest and always with an infectious joy and spirit of living. Although called to heaven far too early, she lived her years on Earth full of love, spirit, passion, and professionalism well beyond the mere 41 years of her physical presence.

Jessica had a deep and passionate love for her friends, her dog Sammy, and her family.  We will all miss her contagious smile, laugh, and love for life. The spirit she leaves behind will resonate far and wide as Jessica left a lasting effect in the Madison community, among the many friends she made, and in particular in her chosen profession of law.

She graduated from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2001 and eventually co-founded Zerbst & Kluck with Attorney Zachary J. Kluck.  She excelled in Family Law as her accounting degree from Michigan Technological University and accounting work and experience is something very few other attorneys had. She never took anyone for granted and deeply cared about making things right for those she served as legal counsel.

She was often recommend by satisfied clients, and even by frustrated former opponents. Passion was a staple Jessica lived by as she was always all-in with anything she did, from spending time in U.P. with friends and family a few times each year, enjoying pastimes of travel, swimming in the turquoise and warm waters of the Caribbean, driving her prized ATV “Ruby Red” off road, to her affinity for animals, especially her labradoodle Sammy. The people who had the good fortune of knowing and spending time with her know this, and we shall all miss it.

We here at Zerbst & Kluck strive to continue Jessica’s love for life and her contagious spirit in our work. We hope that the attorneys at the firm can continue with her outstanding representation and we continue the work that she loved dearly.