Peter Axelrod

Special Counsel

As a pilot and internationally recognised aviation lawyer, Peter’s practice includes:

  • Defending aviation cases for insurers on behalf of manufacturers, aircraft owners and pilots, airlines and aircraft operators, aircraft maintenance facilities and LAMEs, aerial applicators and airports
  • Acting for aircraft operators in inquests and inquiries
  • Providing coverage advice to aviation insurers
  • Pursuing subrogation and recovery actions for aviation insurers
  • Acting for aviation businesses in commercial transactions including the purchase, sale and leasing of aircraft
  • Assisting lawyers in foreign aviation cases with taking evidence in Australia under the Hague Convention.

Admitted to practice in the US and Australia but resident in Australia since 2001, Peter has acted here in numerous cases arising from aircraft accidents and aerial application. He has also assisted clients during inquests arising from aircraft accidents. In the US, he appeared in more than 100 jury and court trials arising from aviation incidents, was an adjunct professor in aviation law at the Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and an arbitrator for the San Francisco and Marin County judicial arbitration programs. He remains on the Legal Advisory Council of the Experimental Aircraft Association in the United States.

Peter has published significant papers and is a regular speaker and trainer for the Australian Insurance Law Association and the College of Law in Sydney. He is a member of the Queensland Law Society, Australian Insurance Law Association, Aviation Law Association of Australia and New Zealand, State Bar of California, Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association, American Board of Trial Advocates and the International Society of Air Safety Investigators.

Peter has been recognised in The Australian Financial Review’s “Best Lawyers in Australia” guide each year since 2011. In the 2020 edition of Best Lawyers Australia, Peter was recognised as a leading lawyer in Aviation Law, and in 2018 he was named Lawyer of the Year for Aviation Law.




Nov 11, 2019

INSIGHT: Insurance, drones and you.

Article 1 of 3 – An Introduction In a series of upcoming articles, we will be providing: An overview of drone regulations and rules Licensing requirements for drone use A summary of the potential liabilities and penalties Information on what happens if injury is caused by an individual, state employee or commercial operator- does it […]

Dec 11, 2017

INSIGHT: Video: Fundamentals of effective negotiation

In this short clip produced by BenchTV, Peter Axelrod explains the fundamentals of effective negotiation. Peter discusses the importance of the “3Ps” of negotiation: Preparation, Patience and Perception and explains their interrelationship and centrality to negotiation. Peter also briefly outlines key negotiation strategy and explains the importance of having tactics and strategies  to ensure the negotiation […]