Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc.
3800 N Classen Blvd Ste 230
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 Michael Figgins
Contact email
Address 3800 N Classen Blvd Ste 230
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone (405) 488-6768
Fax 405-488-6120
County Oklahoma County
Alternate Phone 405 488-6768
How to Give
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Other ways to donate, support or volunteer
Supporters of access to justice may donate to Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma thru its website:
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $13,528,519.00
Projected Expenses $13,459,533.00
History and Background
Year Founded 1977
IRS Ruling Year 1977
State Registration Expiration Feb 2021
Mission To be a partner in the community making equal justice for all a reality.
LASO is the provider of access to civil legal services to low income persons to prevent loss of housing, stop domestic violence, secure benefits, and end financial exploitation, provide access to health, obtain employment and resist discrimination for women and children, families, veterans, seniors, persons in re-entry, unemployed, homeless, immigrants, victims of crime and persons seeking drug 
treatment and the mentally ill.
LASO staff allows for one attorney for every 11,000 low income Oklahomans. LASO needs resources to narrow that ratio and move closer to access to justice for all Oklahomans.
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
Description LASO provides access to civil legal services to address injustice..
Population Served At-Risk Populations Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Preventing Homelessness by stopping illegal evictions.
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. LASO obtains over $200,000 in earned benefits for Oklahomans
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success.
LASO provides safety and a means to escape violence for thousands of
Oklahoma women every year.
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
William GuytonDirector of Information Technology
Melissa LangeComptroller
Richard VreelandDeputy Director
Adrienne Watt-NesserDirector of Advocacy
Number of Full-time Staff 185
Number of Part-time Staff 10
Number of Contract Staff 17
Number of Volunteers 128
Staff Retention Rate 87
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 15
Asian American/Pacific Islander 1
Caucasian 145
Hispanic/Latino 12
Native American/American Indian 7
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 54
Female 131
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
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 2019
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 Earnest Ware
Company Affiliation
Term Jan 2020 to Dec 2022
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 01, 2020
Board of Directors List
Molly AspanResonance Center for Women, Tulsa, OKVoting
Mark BonneyMuskogee County BarVoting
Jack BrownTulsa County Bar AssocVoting
Frederic DorwartTulsa County BarVoting
Oleda DuckettChoctaw NationVoting
Avery Chip EedsCuster County Bar AssocVoting
Bruce FrazierChoctaw Nation Victims Assistance ProgramVoting
Michelle FreemanPottowatomie County BarVoting
Latoya GaterFamily Safety CenterVoting
Patricia HawkinsState Council on AgingVoting
Lucille LoganNortheast Area Council- OK CountyVoting
Laura McConnell-CorbynOklahoma County Bar AssociationVoting
LeAnne McGillOklahoma Bar Foundation, Young Lawyers DivisionVoting
Richard MitchellNEOK Black Lawyers AssocVoting
Nancy ParrotOklahoma County Bar AssociationVoting
Pleas ThompsonNAACP Tulsa BranchVoting
Milissa Tipton-DunkinsOKC Assoc of Black LawyersVoting
Sandra ToyekoyahLawton Client's CouncilVoting
Earnest WareCity-County Area CouncilVoting
Jillian WelchBrian County Bar AssociationVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 7
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 15
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 3 - not available
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 11
Female 14
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, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $13,528,519
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $13,459,533
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 Year201820172016
Total Revenue$13,211,472$11,915,366$11,466,389
Total Expenses$12,980,198$12,629,741$11,429,126
Revenue Less Expenses$231,274($714,375)$37,263
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$10,360,548$8,684,305$7,411,586
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$50,452$3,587$322
Unrealized Gain/Loss($55,797)$95,658$43,520
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$11,366,628$11,090,579$10,079,348
Administration Expense$1,357,913$1,290,130$1,079,300
Fundraising Expense$255,657$249,032$270,478
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.941.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses88%88%88%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue14%18%15%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$4,225,239$4,020,715$4,621,596
Current Assets$1,295,579$1,495,526$1,888,260
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$1,043,146$1,069,895$956,401
Total Net Assets$3,182,093$2,950,820$3,665,195
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities1.241.401.97
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Unspecified $10,360,548Govt - Unspecified $8,684,305Gov't - Unspecified $7,411,586
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $1,772,965Contributions $1,392,637Contributions $1,833,302
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndirect Public Support $695,670Earned Revenue $907,913Earned Revenue $1,080,742
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

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Address 3800 N Classen Blvd Ste 230
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Primary Phone 405 488-6768
Contact Email
Give to Endowment
CEO/Executive Director Michael Figgins
Board Chair Earnest Ware
Board Chair Company Affiliation