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Roderick C. Payne


Rod has extensive experience handling a wide range of oil and gas, construction, employment, sport and commercial litigation matters.

Rod has acted on substantial disputes in the construction industry ranging from power plants and diamond mines to general commercial sites. He also has extensive experience advising on sport litigation and resolution, wrongful dismissal, unfair competition and interference with contractual relations.

Rod has successfully appeared in every level of court in Alberta as well as the Federal Tax Court and Federal Court of Appeal and is a member of the Northwest Territories bar where he litigates construction disputes and advises indigenous and Métis companies and organizations. ‎

Prior to joining DLA Piper, Rod was the Firm Principal at a highly regarded boutique commercial litigation firm in Edmonton, during which time he built a strong reputation for his commitment to quality and integrity while assisting his clients on complex litigation matters. Having spent his formative years in Baghdad, Iraq and educated in the United Kingdom, Rod has a broad, client-centered, global perspective.

Bar admissionsAlbertaNorthwest Territories


  • Legal Counsel for several national and multi-national construction, engineering and architectural firms and ‎‎industrial manufacturers
  • Legal Counsel for a Canadian Premier in a Conflict of Interest Public Inquiry
  • Legal counsel for multiple sport organizations‎, clubs, teams, players and coaches in amateur and ‎professional sport
  • Civil counsel to individual charged with war crimes against NATO personnel
  • English
  • LL.B. (Hon.), University of ‎Manchester
  • B.A., Western University


  • Author, “Correspondence: Opinion Regarding Stanley Cup,” (2005), 24 Estates ‎Trust and Pensions Journal

Community Involvement

  • 6 x Coach Team Alberta Field Lacrosse
  • Past President – Kinsmen Club of Edmonton
  • Past Director of multiple sport organizations

Memberships And Affiliations

  • Law Society of Alberta
  • Law Society of Northwest Territories