RODERICK C. PAYNE, Firm Principal

Rod has handled a wide range of oil & gas, construction, employment and commercial litigation matters. He has acted on substantial disputes in the construction industry ranging from power plants and diamond mines to general commercial sites. Rod has extensive experience advising employers and senior employees on wrongful dismissal and discrimination, unfair competition, labour standards, interference with contractual relations and executive severances.

Mr. Payne has successfully appeared in every level of court in Alberta as well as the Federal Tax Court and Court of Appeal. Mr. Payne is a member of the Northwest Territories bar where he litigates construction disputes and advises aboriginal and metis organizations.



Tovah received her law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. Tovah also earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classics from the University of Alberta in 2010. Tovah completed her Articles with Hustwick Payne where she gained experience in a wide range of practice areas, with an emphasis on corporate matters and finance. Tovah was called to the Alberta Bar in 2016 and continued with Hustwick Payne where she maintains a general practice with a focus on Business and Corporate Law.

In her spare time Tovah enjoys travel, hiking and reading.



Bryce received a Bachelor of Science with majors in Accounting, Finance and Management from La Roche College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. There, Bryce was a member of the Varsity NCAA lacrosse team.

Bryce took his studies to the University of Alberta, Faculty of Law, obtaining his Juris Doctor in 2017. Bryce joined Hustwick Payne in 2015 and 2016 as a summer student. Bryce continued with the firm after graduation to complete his articles in 2018 and currently maintains a general practice focusing on contentious matters.


JAMES DIEBERT, BA, JD – Articling Student

James received his Juris Doctor from the University of Alberta in 2019. Prior to law school, James received his Bachelor of Arts with a double major in English and Political Science, also from the University of Alberta. During law school James volunteered with organizations such as Student Legal Services [SLS], Civil Claims Duty Counsel, Queen’s Bench Amicus, and more. In 2018 James was hired by SLS’ Civil and Family Law Project as a full-time Caseworker and Dayleader, where he acted as an agent on behalf of low-income individuals in Provincial Court and administrative tribunals.

Although James was born and raised in Grimshaw, Alberta. He has called Edmonton home for the past decade. In his free time James enjoys staying active through activities such as power-lifting, running, and swimming, as well as enjoying Western Canada’s music culture.

LOUISE M. ARES, Q.C., Counsel

Louise focuses exclusively on family law involving complex property matters such as business, financial and pension issues as well as spousal support and child support.

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