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The Buelow Vetter Team

Nancy L. Pirkey


phone: 262 364 0257
fax: 262 364 0277

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Nancy counsels employers on the multitude of labor and employment issues facing them today. She serves as chief negotiator at the bargaining table, defends employers in grievance arbitration, interest arbitration, prohibited practice hearings, police and fire commission hearings, and employment discrimination cases. She provides practical advice on a full range of labor and employment topics including contract administration, grievance arbitration, discipline and discharge, FMLA, discrimination and harassment, reasonable accommodation and light duty issues, wage and hour issues, personnel policies and employee handbooks, hiring issues and other employment issues. Nancy primarily represents cities, counties, towns and villages on all aspects of labor and employment issues, but also represents a number of school districts and small businesses.


  • J.D, summa cum laude, Valparaiso University Law School
  • Member, State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Secretary, Milwaukee Area Municipal Employers Association
  • Member, Wisconsin Public Employers Labor Relations Association
  • Member, Wisconsin School Attorneys Association

Up Close & Personal

Q: What is your favorite lawyer movie and why?

A: Jurassic Park. The lawyer is the first guy eaten by the dinosaurs—somehow that seems fitting.

Q: What music would we find on your playlist?

A: Bruce Springsteen, John Mellencamp, Bonnie Raitt and Van Morrison, plus lots of jazz.

Q: What is your favorite vacation destination and why?

A: Sailing in the Virgin Islands. There are no televisions, computers, cell phones or other distractions—just the trade winds and mango daiquiris.

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

A: I would hike as many of the national parks as I could. There is nothing more peaceful and breathtaking than our national parks, and I would love to spend at least a week hiking in each one of them.

Q: What was your first job?

A: My undergraduate degree is in criminal justice. I worked my way through college as a store detective at Gimbels department store in downtown Milwaukee.

Q: Favorite food or cuisine.

A: I could eat Mexican food 7 days a week and never grow tired of it.

Q: One thing my clients do not know about me is…

A: I am an Air Force brat. I was born in France, and lived in Texas, Oklahoma, Alaska, and New York before settling in Wisconsin for high school.

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