Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc.
2915 N Classen Blvd Ste 500
Oklahoma City OK 73106
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Mission Statement To be a partner in the community making equal justice for all a reality.
Contact Information
Contact Name Cindy Luster
Contact email
Address 2915 N Classen Blvd Ste 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone (405) 488-6820
Fax 405-488-6120
County Oklahoma
Alternate Phone 405 488-6768
How to Give
Donate to Endowment
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
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Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $10,896,593.00
Projected Expenses $10,825,191.00
History and Background
Year Founded 1977
IRS Ruling Year 1977
State Registration Expiration Jan 2016
Mission To be a partner in the community making equal justice for all a reality.
Legal Aid services of Oklahoma, Inc. merged in 2002 from two legal aid organizations, Legal Aid of Western Oklahoma and Legal Services of Eastern Oklahoma. We provide civil legal services to low-income and elderly Oklahomans. We are the only law firm in the state who provides these services at no cost.
Needs We need more pro bono attorneys to assist with cases we are unable to take. We need more funding so that we can increase salaries and keep the good staff we have and hire attorneys who share our mission.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
Oklahoma - Statewide
Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma is a statewide organization serving all 77 counties.
Service Categories
Secondary Organizational Category Public & Societal Benefit/Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Tertiary Organizational Category Crime & Legal - Related/Legal Services
Disaster Programs
Description LARC is a collaborative forum of agencies providing long-term disaster recovery services to those impacted by the disasters in central Oklahoma since spring 2013.  Efforts for the spring 2013 recovery are ongoing as LARC transitions to extend support to those recovering from the spring 2015 disasters in central Oklahoma  .
Previous Disaster ExperienceHelpOrganization's previous experience during the immediate response, recovery or rebuilding phases following a disaster. Central Oklahoma was the subject of a 2013 Major Disaster Declaration following the devastating tornadoes of May and June in Shawnee, Moore and El Reno.  LASO advocates responded immediately, providing information in the Multi-Agency Resource Centers (MARCs) to over 700 disaster-affected persons and their families.  Since that time, LASO has served several hundred families with disaster-related legal issues such as contractor fraud, landlord-tenant problems, and insurance companies withholding proceeds from landowners.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Michael Figgins
Start Date Mar 2012
Experience Michael Figgins received his B.A. from Arizona State University in 1977 and his J.D. from the School of Law at Gonzaga University in 1980.  Mr. Figgins has spent his years in practice as an attorney providing legal services to the poor.  Mr. Figgins practiced as both a staff attorney and a managing attorney with Dakota Plains Legal Services in Mission, South Dakota, and then became the managing attorney for Community Legal Services in Yuma, Arizona.  In 1989, Mr. Figgins was chosen as the Executive Director of Western Nebraska Legal Services.  In 1995, Mr. Figgins was chosen as the Executive Director of Jacksonville Area Legal Aid (JALA).  In March 2012, Mr. Figgins was chosen as the Executive Director of Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma (LASO). Mr. Figgins is responsible for developing staff, program and community resources to benefit LASO.  Mr. Figgins is a member of the Florida Bar, the South Dakota Bar, the Arizona Bar, and the Nebraska Bar.
Senior Staff
Bud CowsertDirector of Operations
Cindy GobleDirector of Pro Bono Services
William GuytonDirector of Information Technology
Melissa LangeComptroller
Cindy LusterDirector of Administration
Adrienne WattDirector of Advocacy
Number of Full-time Staff 121
Number of Part-time Staff 9
Number of Contract Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 125
Staff Retention Rate 92
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 2
Caucasian 102
Hispanic/Latino 11
Native American/American Indian 8
Other 0 1 Arabic
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 40
Female 90
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Date Strategic Plan Adopted May 2005
Management Succession Plan Yes
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
2015 Aging Network Partner of the YearAging Services (Department of Human Services)2015
Risk Management Provisions
Accident and Injury Coverage
Directors and Officers Policy
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Dwight Smith
Company Affiliation Oklahoma County Bar Association
Term Jan 2015 to Dec 2016
Board of Directors
List Current as of Mar 01, 2016
Board of Directors List
Molly Aspan OK Bar Assoc Young Lawyers DivisionVoting
Leonard Benton Southwestern Urban FoundationVoting
Leonard Benton Southwestern Urban FoundationVoting
Marianne Blair University of Tulsa College of LawVoting
Mark Bonney Muskogee County BarVoting
Judge Rick Bozarth Custer County BarVoting
Jack Brown Tulsa County Bar AssocVoting
S. Douglas Dodd Tulsa County BarVoting
Bruce Frazier Choctaw Nation Victims Assistance ProgramVoting
Michelle Freeman Pottowatomie County BarVoting
James Green Tulsa County Bar AssociationVoting
James E. Green Tulsa County Bar AssociationVoting
Patricia Hawkins State Council on AgingVoting
Chris D. Jones Bryan County Bar AssociationVoting
Lucille Logan Northeast Area Council- OK CountyVoting
Laura McConnell-Corbyn Oklahoma County BarVoting
LeAnne McGill Oklahoma Bar Foundation, Young Lawyers DivisionVoting
Richard Mitchell NEOK Black Lawyers AssocVoting
Nancy Parrot Oklahoma County Bar AssociationVoting
Matthew Patterson Pittsburg County Bar AssociationVoting
Matthew Patterson Pittsburg County Bar AssociationVoting
Dwight Smith Oklahoma Bar AssociationVoting
Pleas Thompson NAACP Tulsa BranchVoting
Milissa Tipton-Dunkins OKC Assoc of Black LawyersVoting
Sandra Toyekoyah Lawton Client's CouncilVoting
Aimee Vardeman Comanche County BarVoting
Earnest Ware City-County Area CouncilVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 6
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 16
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 2
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 11
Board Term Lengths 3 years
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions to the Organization 100 %
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions to the Organization 75 %
Board Orientation Yes
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Standing Committees
Board Development / Board Orientation
Human Resources / Personnel
Program / Program Planning
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2016-Dec 31, 2016
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $10,896,593
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $10,825,191
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Revenue$11,285,420$10,446,271$8,865,837
Total Expenses$10,865,418$10,161,447$9,650,184
Revenue Less Expenses$420,002$284,824($784,347)
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201420132012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$7,501,741$6,785,789$4,985,289
Individual Contributions$893,266$958,779$768,273
Investment Income, Net of Losses$29$17,667$25,740
Unrealized Gain/Loss$39,730$54,845$56,705
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind$580,750$766,295$812,958
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$9,110,880$8,564,855$7,949,057
Administration Expense$1,413,357$1,212,991$1,359,105
Fundraising Expense$341,181$383,601$342,022
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.030.92
Program Expense/Total Expenses84%84%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%4%5%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$4,692,643$4,155,181$4,314,023
Current Assets$3,565,995$3,039,711$4,088,159
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,003,211$885,751$1,329,417
Total Net Assets$3,689,432$3,269,430$2,984,606
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.553.433.08
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $7,501,741Govt - Unspecified $6,785,789Govt - Unspecified $4,985,289
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $1,090,665Earned Revenue $963,906Earned Revenue $1,426,618
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $893,266Individuals $958,779Revenue In-Kind $812,958
Endowment? Yes
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage (if selected) 5 %
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All financial information is from audited financial statements.
Address 2915 N Classen Blvd Ste 500
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Primary Phone 405 488-6820
Contact Email
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Michael Figgins
Board Chair Dwight Smith
Board Chair Company Affiliation Oklahoma County Bar Association


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