Tristan G. Pelayes Esq.

Tristan G. Pelayes Esq.

Riverside, California
(866) 748-8753
(951) 686-4800

Since 2005, Tristan has worked as a personal injury attorney, working for injury victims and their families. By taking a hard-hitting, aggressive approach toward the insurance companies, Tristan has consistently obtained outstanding results for many injured clients over the years.

Prior to forming Wagner & Pelayes LLP, Tristan Pelayes was a Deputy County Counsel for the County of San Bernardino for almost five years. Due to his extensive law enforcement background, Tristan was assigned to the county's litigation unit, representing the County of San Bernardino's Sheriff's Department and its deputies in all aspects of civil litigation. This included the defense of excessive force, wrongful arrest and wrongful prosecution allegations, officer-involved shootings, and other types of police misconduct. Tristan has also represented other county departments such as the District Attorney's Office and Probation Department against allegations of civil rights violations and other related state torts. Before that, Tristan was an associate at Kinkle, Rodiger and Spriggs in Riverside, focusing primarily on insurance defense. Tristan has extensive jury trial experience in both state and the federal courts.

Before becoming an attorney, Tristan was a deputy sheriff for the County of San Bernardino for over fourteen years. His assignments included corrections, patrol, narcotics, SWAT, homicide and the department's civil liabilities division. He was also an investigator for the San Bernardino County District Attorney's Office.

In 2001, the Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association named Tristan the Latino Lawyer of the Year. He was also twice the recipient of the Wiley Manuel Award from the California State Bar for his pro bono work within the Inland Empire.

Bar Admissions

  • California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2000
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2010
  • District of Columbia, 2011
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 2011


  • California Southern Law School, Riverside, California
    • J.D. - 1999
  • California Southern Law School, Riverside, CA, USA
    • B.S. - 1998
    • Major: Law
  • Crafton Hill College, Yucaipa, CA, USA
    • A.S. Pre-Law - 1995


  • Instructor, Civil Liabilities, San Bernardino Sheriffs Academy

Honors and Awards

  • "Latino Lawyer of the Year" by Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association, 2001
  • Twice Recipient of "Wiley Manuel Award" by California State Bar

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • City of Adelanto, Council Member, Mayor, 2000 - 2003
  • California State Bar
  • Federal Bar Association, Inland Empire Chapter
  • Inland Empire Latino Lawyers Association
  • California Council of School Attorneys
  • California School Boards Association

Past Employment Positions

  • San Bernardino County Counsel, Deputy County Counsel, 2000 - 2004
  • Kinkle, Rodiger, and Spriggs, Associate, 2000
  • United States Army, 1984 - 1987


  • Spanish