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A founding partner of the firm, Les has a rich and honorable career history. In addition to his many years with Bullard, Les was a trial attorney for the National Labor Relations Board. He served as a Troop Commander and JAG Officer in the U.S. Army (1966-1969). He has taught labor law at the University of Maryland and at the Lewis & Clark Law School. And he served as Chairperson of the Oregon State Bar Section on Labor Relations.

In 2013, Les was honored by Best Lawyers in America at their 30th Anniversary celebration for his extraordinary accomplishments. Since its inception, Les has also been selected for inclusion in the Super Lawyers' Best Lawyers in America listings of outstanding lawyers for his high peer recognition and professional achievement.

Although he was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Les is a strong member of the Oregon community. He has served as Event Director of the Portland Marathon for over 32 years. He served as President of the Multnomah Athletic Club, President of the Duke Club, President of the Oregon Runners Club, a Board Member of the Mt. Hood Festival of Jazz and other community boards. He is currently on the Board of the Oregon Sports Authority.

Les is happily married with wife, Paula, and has four darling daughters.



  • The Marathon Man; How Les Smith Made the Portland Marathon 'a People's Event' - Oregon State Bar Bulletin: Profiles In The Law, December 2012
Les has handled complex representation and unfair labor practice cases involving strikes, secondary boycotts, jurisdiction disputes, successor-ship and refused to bargain issues as well as injunctions and damage actions under the NLRA. He has also handled similar matters under the Oregon Public Sector Laws.