Peter Axelrod - Special Counsel


Contact details

+61 7 3220 9333


  • Aviation insurance law
  • Commercial law

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 2018 edition of Best Lawyers Australia, Peter was named Lawyer of the Year for Aviation Law.

Peter is an instrument rated pilot with ratings for fixed wing aircraft and helicopters.


  • Sydney

    Level 16, MLC Centre
    19 Martin Place
    Sydney, NSW 2000
    +61 2 9018 9999
    +61 2 9018 9900
  • Melbourne

    Level 12, 357 Collins Street
    Melbourne VIC 3000
    +61 3 9810 6777
    +61 3 9810 6770
  • Newcastle

    Level 6, 45 Watt Street
    Newcastle NSW 2300
    +61 2 4047 2600
    +61 2 4047 2699
  • Brisbane

    Level 8, 60 Edward Street
    Brisbane QLD 4000
    +61 7 3220 9333
    +61 7 3220 9399
  • Perth

    Level 3, 225 St Georges Terrace
    Perth WA 6000
    +61 8 6319 0470
    +61 8 6319 0499