- B.A., University of Oregon, Honors College, 1977
- J.D., University of Washington Law School, 1980
Les currently works as a Partner & Attorney at Lee & Hayes in Spokane, WA. He has been recognized as one of the country’s Best Lawyers in Commercial Litigation. He has extensive experience representing clients on business, antitrust, tort, securities, environmental, and employment-related matters. Les has experience in issues associated with mining and smelting waste streams and has also defended a number of federal class actions, including securities fraud claims, wage & hour claims, and consumer protection claims.
Les has been teaching Trial Advocacy since 1991. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and served as the State Chair from 2009 – 2011. He was on the Ninth Circuit Advisory Board from 2001 – 2004 and acted as the Chair from 2004 – 2005. Les has been AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell since 1989 and has been named Best Lawyers of America since 2003. He has also been named “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law & Politics since 2001.
From 1980-83, he served as Deputy Prosecutor and Special Assistant United States Attorney, Territory of Guam
He is an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy.
- “Letting Judges Judge, The Myth of Judicial Activism,” Oregon State Bar Bulletin (May 1999).
- Chapter 8, “Administrative Investigations,” Washington Administrative Law Practice Manual (1992).
- “What is An Indian Tribe? – The Question of Tribal Existence,” VIII American Indian Law Journal I (1980).
- Trial Advocacy Lab