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.
BRYCE W WELLS, JD, BSc
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.
DOUGLAS C. HODGSON
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.
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.