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.



Travis received a Bachelor of Commerce as well as a Master of Business Administration from Mississippi State University. During his undergrad Travis competed for MSU’s Track and Field and Cross-Country teams and was named an Academic All-American in his final season.

Travis then attended University of Alberta Law School graduating with an LLB in 2011. Travis joined Hustwick Payne in 2013 where he maintains a general practice focusing on all areas of Business and Corporate Law. Travis has experience advising clients on all areas of Business Law including: bank and private financing, incorporations, corporate reorganizations, mergers and acquisitions.

In his spare time Travis enjoys running and following Edmonton’s professional sports teams.



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.



Doug graduated firstly with an honours degree in Biology, majoring in Genetics. He earned his Law degree from Queen’s University and was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Upper Canada in 1992. Doug then moved to Alberta and was called to the Bar of the Law Society of Alberta. Doug’s practice is focussed on corporate law and commercial transactions with experience in Real Estate and wills and estate.

Doug is a voracious reader with several books on the go at anytime. He enjoys tending plants, and creating bonsai. He can be found frequently at Servus Place in St. Albert working out in the gym or cycling.


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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