Tristan Axelrod is an associate in Brown Rudnick’s Restructuring group in the Boston office. He has experience representing official committees in Chapter 11 proceedings and related litigation. His experience extends to a wide variety of commercial sectors, including energy, manufacturing, retail, and real estate.

Prior to joining Brown Rudnick, Tristan served as a law clerk at the U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida. In this role, he performed research and drafted legal memoranda concerning complex bankruptcy and commercial litigation.


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 by utilizing the bankruptcy process to limit bidder successorship liabilities to galvanize a competitive auction.

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.


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

Bar Admissions

Co-author, Get Ready for Petro State Bankruptcy: Debtor Eligibility in the Era of State Capitalism, 2018 Ann. Surv. of Bankr. Law __ (2018) (forthcoming).
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
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.