AREA OF PRACTICE

Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring

Biography

Tristan Axelrod is an associate in Brown Rudnick's Bankruptcy & Corporate Restructuring practice group in the Boston office. Tristan concentrates his practice in bankruptcy and insolvency proceedings and related litigation. His experience extends to a wide variety of commercial sectors, including freight logistics, energy, and manufacturing. Tristan additionally represents early stage corporate clients regarding contract negotiation, financing, and other commercial matters.

Tristan has represented Chapter 11 debtors, equity security holders, and official committees in connection with bankruptcy cases.  His practice includes all aspects of the insolvency and bankruptcy process, including commencement of proceedings, value-maximizing sale transactions, DIP financing arrangements, avoidance litigation, debt validity litigation, modification of collective bargaining agreements, and ERISA withdrawal liability disputes.  Tristan also assists creditors, trustees, and beneficiaries in facilitating the claims resolution and allowance process in Chapter 11 cases.

Representation

Representation of the Coalition of Abused Scouts for Justice in the Chapter 11 proceedings of the Boy Scouts of America, including ongoing attempts to obtain funds, resolve disputes and distribute funds to over 10,000 survivors of sexual abuse.

Representation of gourmet food retailer Dean & DeLuca in its Chapter 11 proceedings.

Representation of an early stage advanced materials company in various financing, intellectual property, and other commercial matters.

Representation of the Special Claims Committee of the Federal Oversight and Management Board for Puerto Rico in litigation arising in the PROMESA Title III insolvency proceedings of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, including disputes regarding the validity of over $12 billion in bonds issued by Puerto Rico and its instrumentalities.

Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors of BeavEx Incorporated, a provider of transportation logistics services.

Representation of a coalition of faith-based organizations in Worman v. Baker et al., resulting in submission of an amicus brief to the First Circuit Court of Appeals successfully supporting Massachusetts law regulating sales of assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.

Representation of the Boston Herald newspaper in its Chapter 11 proceedings, resulting in a successful sale of the company that generated millions of dollars of additional value through a competitive auction, achieving confirmation of a liquidation plan preserving  and resolving complex labor and pension liability disputes.

Representation of the Official Equity Committee in the Chapter 11 proceeding of Azure Midstream Partners, LP, a provider of natural gas gathering, transportation, and processing services, and NGL transportation and crude logistics services.

Representation of the Official Equity Committee in the Chapter 11 proceeding of Performance Sports Group, Ltd., a leading manufacturer of sports equipment and apparel.

Representation of the Liquidating Trustee in the Chapter 11 proceeding of Modern Shoe Company LLC, a designer of luxury footwear.

Representation of the Official Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the Chapter 11 proceeding of Sungevity, Inc., a developer of residential solar energy projects.

Education

Boston College Law School – J.D., cum laude, 2014
Boston University – M.M., 2011
Middlebury College – B.A., magna cum laude, 2008

Bar Admissions

Massachusetts
Publications
Co-author, What Sun Capital Can Teach About Controlled Group Liability and Pension Fund Fights to Come, 2020 Am. Bankr. Inst. J. (forthcoming)
Sale Finality and Commercial Imperatives in Sales of Section 544 Avoidance Claims, 2019 Ann. Surv. of Bankr. Law 10 (2019)
Co-author, Get Ready for Petro State Bankruptcy: Debtor Eligibility in the Era of State Capitalism, 2018 Ann. Surv. of Bankr. Law 31 (2018)
Co-author, Market Trends: Credit Bidding, Lexis Practice Advisory (2017)
Co-author, Constructive Trust Claims in Bankruptcy: Breaking Down the Courts’ Ongoing Failure to Articulate a Reliable Approach. 2017 Ann. Surv. of Bankr. Law 10 (2017)
Defending State Exemptions in Bankruptcy. 27 Loy. Consumer L. Rev. 284 (2015)
U.K. Supreme Court Highlights Parochial Roadblocks to Cooperative Cross-Border Insolvency. 31 Wis. Int’l L.J. 818 (2014)
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Sunbeam Products, Inc. V. Chicago American Mfg., LLC Sets a New Course for Trademark License Rejection in Bankruptcy. 40 Rutgers L. Rec. 118 (2013)
Stranieri: Life Among Italy’s Tourists, Expats, and Immigrants. Belfort and Bastion (August 2012)
Community Involvement
Member, International Foundation of Employee Benefit Plans (IBEFP)
Through his work with various non-profit organizations, Tristan provides legal assistance, on a pro bono basis, to individuals who are unable to afford private counsel in connection with bankruptcy and housing matters.
Chair, 175 Beacon St. Tenants’ Association
Co-Chair, Boston Bar Association Bankruptcy Law Steering Committee