In the fall of 2005 Les began working with the Penn State Cooperative Extension presenting educational programs for the public on gas leasing and he quickly realized that natural gas drilling in the Marcellus shale had the potential to be the biggest thing to hit this part of the state since the logging boom. In the past three years he has traveled across the state, presenting seminars on the ins and outs of gas leasing to landowners, bankers, realtors, and other lawyers. He has been interviewed on television and quoted in numerous national and local publications. Les is a recognized authority in the field of Oil and Gas law, always working to represent the interests of landowners in the complexities of gas leasing and the myriad issues arising with drilling and long term development of the Marcellus shale. He is also a qualified appraiser, trained in the Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (USPAP).
Les is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, the North Central Estate Planners Council and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He also belongs to the Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a Director of the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Association of Royalty Owners, an organization dedicated to advocacy for royalty receiving landowners.
Outside of work Les is known as a dedicated outdoorsman with a passion for coaching elite athletes in the shotgun sports, specializing in Olympic double trap. Trapshooters coached by Les now compete at the highest level of national and international competition.