Prevailing Wage Lawyers Columbus, Ohio

An Ohio law that has been in place since 1931 requires state, county, and city governments to pay prevailing wages to construction tradespeople. Unions work with state officials to set prevailing wages for a range of jobs, and contractors who fail to pay at least the minimum prevailing wages can face fines and lawsuits for back pay with interest and punitive damages.

Not Merely a Minimum Wage for Skilled Tradespeople

As union-side labor lawyers, the Columbus prevailing wage attorneys at Barkan Meizlish strongly enforce prevailing wage requirements. We are available to work with government agencies and locals from requests for proposals through construction audits to ensure workers receive fair treatment and contractually mandated pay.

We work as prevailing wage attorneys throughout Ohio. In Columbus and Franklin County, we take a special interest in representing the interests of:

  • Boilermakers
  • Bricklayers
  • Cement masons
  • Electrical tradespeople
  • Elevator installers and inspectors
  • Glaziers
  • Insulators
  • Ironworkers
  • Laborers
  • Painters
  • Plasterers
  • Plumbers and pipefitters
  • Roofers
  • Sheet metalworkers
  • Sprinkler fitters

Since the prevailing wage is actually the total of the actual hourly pay, benefits and overtime, we ensure that contractors and agencies keep accurate records, calculate all forms of compensation correctly and disburse payments equitably without engaging in any form of discrimination.

A Constantly Evolving Legal Environment

Each county in Ohio maintains its own schedule of prevailing wages, and certain types of civic projects can be deemed exempt from prevailing wage rules. Further, each construction job category receives a different prevailing wage. These realities mean that one of our principal responsibilities as Columbus-based prevailing wage lawyers is keeping contractors, government officials, and union reps up to date on compensation requirements.

We continuously scan the legal landscape to keep contractors honest and to protect skilled construction tradespeople. We do this both to prevent problems before they arise and to uphold the rights of our hardworking clients.

Negotiating and Enforcing All Types of Employment Contracts

An Ohio prevailing wage lawyer can do much more than review government contracts for construction and maintenance. Our experience representing tradespeople in projects large and small enables us to provide valuable advice and representation on private construction and development contracts.

Contact our Columbus Prevailing Wage Lawyers Today

Let a Columbus prevailing wage attorney at Barkan Meizlish DeRose Wentz Mclnerney Peifer, LLP, know what he or she can do for your local. Call us at (614) 221-4221 or connect with us online to set up a FREE CONSULTATION. We also welcome question via email to


Client Testimonials

“Barkan Meizlish, LLP brought great attention to my case when I needed it. They fought right by my side and were fair with the entire process. Their team was a great help. I’d recommend them to anyone.” -Anonymous

“A-1 team to work with indeed” – TJoy Knice

“Sam Marcellino is a great attorney! I’m very satisfied with the outcome of my settlement. He really cares about who he represents and the condition of your health after your injury. He is also hard working and gets the job done as quick as possible. I will definitely recommend him in the future.”
– Aareona W.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better lawyer. Sam did a great job with my workers’ compensation case. He took the time to explain the process and got me a great result!” – S. Cecil

“Barkan Meizlish has bargaining and litigation experience in the public and private sector. Their firm is unique because they have decades of experiencing representing unions under the NLRA, the RLA and in the public sector.” Sarah,
Local Union President

“Barkan Meizlish’s union lawyers are always there for our members. They are an excellent resource for our staff representatives. We know we can count on them in arbitration and at the negotiating table.” Mike, International Staff Representative

“This group of lawyers are very honest, professional, and courteous. They made a really bad event a lot easier to go through. I highly recommend Leslie Albeit and Jason Cox for representation on your behalf. They sincerely have the client’s best interest at the top of their list! Thanks to leslie and Jason, and all the staff. We will never forget!” – Larry and Gloira

Talk with an Experienced Lawyer Today

Fill out the form below to get started.