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Duke Ligon - Oklahoma City Legal Advisor and Energy Executive
Duke Ligon - Oklahoma City Legal Advisor and Energy Executive

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The Purpose of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame
Based in Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon is an attorney and businessman with extensive experience in corporate litigation. The founder and the owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon also serves on the board of directors of the Oklahoma Hall of Fame at the Gay...

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Seurat’s Circus Side Show at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art
Duke Ligon is an experienced attorney and the current owner and manager of Mekusukey Oil Company near Oklahoma City. Experienced in issues involving energy policies, Duke Ligon previously served as senior vice president of Devon Energy Corporation in Oklaho...

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Blueknight Energy Partners Demonstrates Community Responsibility
Since founding the Mekusukey Oil Company in 1970, Duke Ligon has become a respected authority on energy production. In addition to managing his own company, he also sits on the board of directors at Emerald Oil, PostRock Energy Corporation, and Panhandle Oi...

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How the KBH Energy Center Fulfills Its Mission
Based in Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon manages Mekusukey Oil Company, a private mineral investment firm that he founded in 1970. Prior to Mekusukey, he served as senior vice president and general counsel to Devon Energy, located in Oklahoma City. Outside of wor...

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How Independent Directors Can Promote Board Governance

An attorney offering a full range of legal services in energy law, Duke Ligon of Oklahoma City has been admitted to the Oklahoma, New York, and the District of Columbia Bar Associations. Serving on the board of directors of several publically traded companies, Duke Ligon is a Federal Courts expert witness on board governance.

Perspectives on board governance are influenced by the positions directors hold as chairpersons, chief executives, or independent directors. For independent directors, the major challenge faced may be information asymmetry. When directors are completely independent of the organization on whose board they serve, they often lack full information on the organization’s operational culture and the trends of the market in which it operates.

However, all directors must work together to steer the organization successfully into the future. Independent directors can play a role in two ways.

First, independent directors should advocate for sound governance policies and structures. One way of doing this is by promoting process improvements that foster a balance of power between the organization’s management and its board of directors. While many directors are hesitant to accept power-diluting process improvements, independent directors should promote them.

The second way is through independent director meetings. US governance rules were amended to require independent directors to meet in their executive capacities without the organization’s chief executive. These sessions provide independent directors an opportunity to review the organization’s operations independently and to generate effective solutions, such as increased governance or financial review. These sessions also act as avenues for directors to plan the organization’s succession and to build rapport between directors.

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St. Anthony Hospital’s $220 Million Expansion

After serving as a US Army captain during the Vietnam War, Duke Ligon pursued a law degree from the University of Texas School of Law and became an attorney in the oil and gas industry. Today, Duke Ligon owns and manages Mekusukey Oil Company and serves on the board of the St. Anthony Foundation, which supports St. Anthony Hospital, a faith-based acute-care center in Oklahoma City.

A group of nuns from Missouri founded St. Anthony Hospital when they traveled to Oklahoma City and encountered many people in need of care but no hospital access. The sisters first opened the hospital in 1898 with 12 beds. The hospital has since grown to comprise 774 beds. It also adopted a $220 million, 10-year expansion plan in 2003.

Recently, the hospital built a pavilion to house a new emergency department with two intensive care units with 24 beds each, as well as a progressive care unit with 24 beds. The pavilion spans 111,000 square feet and four stories. Since the expansion plan began in 2003, the hospital has added a new building for medical offices, a rehabilitation unit, and a new surgery center, in addition to various other upgrades.

The hospital’s expansion coupled with the city’s traffic improvements in the Midtown area have contributed to the widespread revitalization of the neighborhood. 

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