Les Oakes joined King & Spalding's Environmental Practice Group in 1986 following a career of over eleven years as an environmental engineer with the Environmental Protection Division, Georgia Department of Natural Resources (EPD). At EPD, Mr. Oakes conducted compliance inspections, wrote permits and participated in agency enforcement proceedings. He worked in the air, hazardous waste and water branches. This work provided valuable experience and insight into complex regulatory issues and agency decision making. Chambers USA selected Mr. Oakes as a leading environmental lawyer in Georgia.