Nicholas W. Zausch is an associate attorney at Peck Ritchey, LLC. In addition to representing individuals and families, Nick represents financial institutions, medical institutions, and various fiduciaries.

Nicholas joins Peck Ritchey after serving as the Staff Attorney for the Probate Division of Cook County. While there, Nicholas assisted the Judges in every aspect of Probate, including drafting written opinions, attending oral argument, and reviewing motions and exhibits. Nicholas also helped implement the procedures for virtual court in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nicholas earned his Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude. While attending Loyola, Nicholas was named to the Dean’s List each semester, received CALI awards for excellence in 5 classes, and was named a Top 10 Oralist at the National Moot Court Competition in Child Welfare and Adoption Law. Nicholas was also a Fellow of the Civitas ChildLaw Program and received the Nina S. Appel Scholarship for outstanding scholarship and service.

Prior to law school, Nicholas graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in Legal Studies and Sociology. Following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Nicholas completed a year of service with the AmeriCorps program City Year. As an AmeriCorps Member, Nicholas served in a 6th grade classroom while providing in class support and individual tutoring and mentorship.

Nick’s practice areas include Trust and Probate Litigation, Guardianship Litigation and Administration, Estate Administration, Fiduciary Defense Litigation, and Elder Law. He is an active member of the Chicago Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association.

Practice Areas

  • Trust and Probate Litigation
  • Guardianship Litigation and Administration
  • Estate Administration


  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law - JD
  • University of Wisconsin Madison BA – Legal Studies & Sociology

Bar Admission

  • Illinois

Professional Associations

  • Chicago Bar Association
  • Illinois State Bar Association