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Calvin V. Fermin


Calvin’s practice focuses on advising public and private schools in the areas of general school law, special education law, and labor and employment law. He counsels clients on topics such as: student discipline, student bullying and harassment, special education mediation and due process, open meetings, public records, school board policies, contracts, wage and hour issues, discrimination and harassment, employee discipline and dismissal, and other sensitive employment issues.

Prior to joining Buelow Vetter, Calvin was Deputy Superintendent for Milwaukee Public Schools, where he primarily oversaw the offices of finance and human resources.  Calvin assisted with strategic planning, oversaw and advised the risk management functions, provided guidance on employment matters, and advised on contract and legal compliance issues.  Calvin previously served as General Counsel for Milwaukee Public Schools.


  • JD, Chicago-Kent College of Law
  • BA, Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • Member, Wisconsin School Attorneys Association
  • Member, Milwaukee Bar Association
  • Certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR)
  • MBA, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • BA, Political Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Up Close & Personal

Q: What is your favorite movie and why?

A: I think it depends on what day you ask me. As a lawyer and Marine, I’ll go with A Few Good Men. It has law, it has Marines, it has an all-star cast, and it has a movie line that even people who haven’t seen the movie will quote.

Q: What do you do for fun?

A: I like to spend time with my wife and twin boys. I also enjoy playing golf.

Q: If you could take a 6-month sabbatical, what would you do?

A: Travel abroad. There are still many beautiful countries I have yet to visit.

Q: What is your dream vacation destination?

A: Spain. I visited parts of Europe on a trip many years ago, but I did not make it out to Spain.

Q: What music would we find on your playlist?

A: A weird mashup of genres, but mostly hip-hop, R&B, and salsa.

Q: What is your favorite TV show and why?

A: Seinfeld . Behind the sometimes outlandish storylines were pretty common real-world activities. Despite having watched almost all episodes dozens of times, they are still very funny.

Q: Favorite cuisine or meal?

A: Italian. My favorite would have to be lasagna. But at one of my favorite restaurants, it is a braised short rib risotto.