Joseph Wheeler

Principal & Legal Practice Director

Area of expertise

Aviation compensation on international and domestic flights; transnational aviation claims; aviation product liability claims; aviation and space regulation


LLB, Bachelor of Laws (UWA)
BA (Psy), Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (UWA)
GDLP, Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, (College of Law, Qld)
GCert Air & Space Law, Graduate Certificate in Air & Space Law (McGill)

About Joseph

Joseph founded IALPG (an incorporated law practice, International Aerospace Law & Policy Group) in 2015. His decision to focus on aviation law happened during law school, in 2003, when he learned to fly in his home town of Perth, WA.
Joseph now helps people in Australia and overseas with domestic and international aviation legal issues, including representation for pilots, remote pilots, their associations, and securing compensation for injured people and families who have lost loved ones in air disasters. He has experience in general aviation, airline and airport regulatory, drone, space industry, and liability issues and has provided local advice and expertise to foreign aviation lawyers, claimants, international organisations and insurers.
He is Immediate Past Vice Chair of the Legal Committee of the International Federation of Air Line Pilots’ Associations (IFALPA) and was appointed to International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) Task Forces on topics as diverse as flags of convenience and unruly passengers. Also, he represented the international airline pilot community at other international forums including the ICAO Legal Committee.
He has held such roles as Aviation Legal Counsel for Australian pilot unions, and set up the aviation practices of national law firms.
Joseph is qualified in air law from the McGill University Institute of Air and Space Law in Canada (Class of 2011) and studied law and psychology at UWA.


Nationally Accredited Mediator, registered with Queensland Law Society

Awards & Recognition

MRAeS, Member of the Royal Aeronautical Society

Speaking Engagements

Presentation to the International Aviation Womens Association on Aviation Law, April 2021
Presentation to the Asia Pacific Cabin Crew Safety Working Group on Aviation Law, November 2019

Professional Organisation

International Aerospace Law & Policy Group