Thomas Kovacich has exclusively represented employers for over 35 years in all aspects of employment law and labor relations matters. He has successfully defended employers before the Department of Industrial Relations (“DIR”), the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”), and in private wage and hour class action lawsuits, including those relating to prevailing wage coverage and apprenticeship claims.

Mr. Kovacich is an authority in state and federal public works, wage and hour laws, and labor relations, including prevailing wage and apprenticeship issues. He has acted as lead counsel in over 50 wage and hour actions. Most recently, he successfully defeated several motions to certify a class action in a wage and hour lawsuit. Mr. Kovacich serves as counsel and on the board of directors to the Southern California Contractors Association (“SCCA”).

Mr. Kovacich is also an authority on project labor agreements. Mr. Kovacich has negotiated many project labor agreements in California, including Grossmont‐Cuyamaca Community College District, Whittier City School District, Azusa Unified School District, Norwalk‐La Mirada Unified School District, Anaheim Union High School District, Southwestern Community College District, San Diego Unified School District, Pasadena Unified School District, Rancho Santiago Community College District, Riverside Community College District and Long Beach Community College District.

Honors & Recognitions

In 2004, the Southern California Contractors Association (“SCCA”) named Mr. Kovacich its “Affiliate Member of the Year.” He has also been recognized as a Southern California “Super Lawyer” for multiple years since 2005 by Super Lawyers, a national ratings service which honors no more than five percent of California lawyers based on independent research and peer appraisal.

Practice Areas

News & Publications

Events & Speaking Engagements

Mr. Kovacich has lectured extensively on public works and wage and hour matters.


Mr. Kovacich is a contributor to various construction-related monthly periodicals.

Community Involvement

Community & Professional

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association, Member
  • Orange County Bar Association, Member


J.D., Loyola Law School
B.S., University of California, Irvine


  • 1980, California
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts, Central, Eastern, Northern, and Southern Districts of California
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