Fermín Villegas represents California public school districts, county offices of education, and community college districts in all areas of education law. Mr. Villegas’s practice focuses on personnel, labor, charter schools, student rights and discipline, board governance, and civil rights compliance matters.

Mr. Villegas recently served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Health, Education, and Welfare section of the California Department of Justice. In that role, he represented various state agencies, boards, and commissions in litigation and administrative hearings. Most notably, he successfully defended the State Board of Education (SBE) against a writ of mandate brought by a charter school and was part of the team representing the California Department of Education, the SBE, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction in federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in a long-running special education consent decree matter. Mr. Villegas also represented the Commission on Teacher Credentialing in various matters before the Office of Administrative Hearings, including the revocation of the credential of a teacher accused of sexual misconduct with students. Additionally, Mr. Villegas was assigned to provide in-house legal services to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO), ranging from providing legal guidance to individual divisions within the CCCCO to reviewing appeals of discrimination complaints filed against community college districts.

Prior to law school, Mr. Villegas worked as a bilingual teacher in the Los Angeles Unified School District.

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Mr. Villegas is a contributor to the firm’s education publications.


J.D., University of California, Davis School of Law
Université de Paris IV, Sorbonne
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Lyon


  • 2006, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
    U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Northern Districts of California


  • French
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