Tristan Morales


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Tristan Morales provides legal counseling and representation on labor issues, including arbitrations, litigation, regulatory matters, and contract negotiations.

He regularly represents airlines in Railway Labor Act (“RLA”) matters and has worked on all stages of the collective bargaining process. His work on labor arbitrations has addressed both contract interpretation and discipline issues, including matters addressing post-merger integration, signing bonuses, scheduling provisions for pilots, as well as multiple arbitrations arising out of criminal investigations of employees. Tristan has advised on negotiations for new contracts, as well as corporate labor matters, including labor successorship obligations in connection with proposed mergers.



Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia


  • University of Virginia, J.D.: Supreme Court Litigation Clinic; Finance of Small Enterprise Clinic; Order of the Coif
  • Northwestern University, B.A., Political Science and Communication Studies; Two-Time National Debate Tournament (“NDT”) Champion

Professional Activities

Member of the Board of Directors

  • Washington DC Urban Debate League


  • Honorable Wayne Andersen, United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Recent Papers

  • “Pilot Duty and Rest Requirements: The FAA Puts its Past Approach to Bed as the New FAR 117 Requirements Take Off,” American Bar Association Railroad and Airline Labor Law Mid-Winter Meeting (March 2014) (with Aparna Joshi)