Tristan Morales


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Tristan Morales is an aviation and labor and employment partner in the Washington, DC office. Tristan represents major airlines in collective bargaining matters under the Railway Labor Act (RLA), including in federal court litigation and as first-chair counsel in labor arbitrations conducted pursuant to the RLA. He also has significant experience in connection with airline transactions, including with respect to regional airlines and the scope of work provisions in airline labor CBAs. Tristan was named a “Rising Star” in transportation law by Law360 in 2021.

Tristan is also an experienced class action litigator. He has served as counsel in more than a half-dozen recent class actions under the federal Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA), which have addressed a range of novel issues concerning military leave and non-military leaves of absence. Tristan’s class action experience also includes matters under the McCaskill Bond Amendment to the Federal Aviation Act (McCaskill-Bond) and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), as well as consumer class action litigation.


Honors & Awards

  • Named to the 40 & Under Hot List for Labor and Employment by Benchmark Litigation (2022)
  • Named a “Rising Star” in Transportation by Law360 (2021)
  • Recognized by The Legal 500 US for his work in labor and employment disputes (2019) and aviation matters (2019, 2022)


Bar Admissions

  • California
  • District of Columbia

Court Admissions

  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US Court of Appeals, Second, Third, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits
  • US District Court, Central District of California


  • 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 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


  • “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)