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Tristan Colangelo

Tristan P. Colangelo


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Tristan represents individuals and companies in complex business litigation. He has handled matters in state and federal courts as well as various administrative boards. Tristan regularly litigates contract disputes, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, non-solicitation and non-compete agreements, and civil claims under the RICO statute. He has also represented contractors and land owners in disputes involving real estate, and handled landlord/tenant disputes. Tristan has also defended attorneys against ethical charges brought by the Office of Bar Counsel, and often litigates matters dealing with the Massachusetts public records law, open meeting law, and conflict of interest law.

Tristan has an active criminal defense practice in which he represents defendants at trial and on appeal.  Tristan is a member of the CPCS Post Convictions and Appeals Unit and accepts criminal appeals on behalf of indigent defendants.  He has also argued pre-trial bail motions in the Superior Court and has successfully argued for the dismissal of charges at clerk-magistrate hearings where the defendants were accused of disturbing the peace, keeping a noisy house, and hosting gatherings where minors consumed alcohol.

After law school Tristan clerked for Judge Gustavo A. Gelpí of the United States District Court in Puerto Rico. He has extended family and many professional connections in Puerto Rico, and is well situated to assist parties bringing or defending suits in federal court in Puerto Rico.

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Representative Matters
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  • Successfully advised clients their employment contracts, including noncompetition and non-solicitation provisions , as well as other restrictive covenants.
  • Argued on behalf of a client seeking a c. 209A protective order against an ex-spouse.
  • Successfully obtained a temporary restraining order on behalf of a business entity whose former employee wrongfully took sensitive corporate data and began to solicit business in breach of the non-solicitation and non-compete provisions of his employment contract.
  • Reached a favorable settlement for two attorneys accused of violating the Massachusetts Rules of Professional Conduct.
  • Obtained pre-arraignment agreement to dismiss potential charges against clients facing criminal summonses.
Prior Experience
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  • Todd & Weld, LLP, 2013-2016
  • The Honorable Gustavo A. Gelpi, Senior Law Clerk, 2011-2013
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  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (General Litigation), 2016-2021
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  • Boston Bar Association
  • Massachusetts Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Suffolk University Law School GOLD Council (Graduates Of the Last Decade)
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  • “Splitting the District:  Whether Puerto Rico’s Succession Law Requires Joinder of All Heirs to Assert a Survivorship Claim,” University of Puerto Rico Law Review, 87 Rev. Jur. UPR 182 (author), 2018
  • “Practices in the District of Puerto Rico” – Federal Civil Litigation in the First Circuit, 3rd Edition, Chapter 21, MCLE (author), 2017