Dickson M. Saunders, born on July 17, 1920, in Drumright, OK. He led a remarkable life defined by his contributions to law, military service, community engagement and family. Graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1941, he pursued a law degree at the University of Michigan, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1943. Dick’s dedication to service extended to his military commitment. Following law school, he joined the military and served at Ft. Sill, OK during a critical period in history. After military discharge in 1945, he clerked for United States District Judge Royce Savage, combining his legal prowess with a commitment to Justice.

Dick had a varied and outstanding legal career. In 1950, Dick became a partner in the law firm of Doerner, Rhinehart and Stuart. Under the guidance of Dick and the other senior partners, the team of five quickly grew to become Doerner, Saunders, Daniel and Anderson – leaving a significant lasting legacy of his influence and leadership.  

Dick served as managing partner for Doerner, Saunders, Daniel, and Anderson for many years. His military values, leadership skills and commitment to justice influenced his role as a trailblazer. He was general counsel for notable entities such as Public Service Company of Oklahoma, Reading and Bates Offshore Drilling Company, Atlas Life Insurance Company and Sand Springs Home.

  • Multiple months negotiating session in Iran to prevent expropriation of land drilling rigs shortly before the fall of the Shah of Iran in 1979.
  • Counsel for theland acquisition for the Texas/Gulf pipeline.
  • Counsel in a special foreign payment investigation of McDonnell-Douglas required by the Securities and Exchange Commission.

  • Director of Utica National Bank and Trust Co.
  • Director of Atlas life Insurance Co.
  • Director of Reading & Bates Offshore Drilling Co.
  • DeMolay Legion of Honor
  • 32nd Degree Scottish Rite Mason
  • President, Southern Hills Country Club
  • Oklahoma Bar Association. 1944
  • Michigan Law Review 1942-1943
  • Board, St. Simeon’s Episcopal Home

  • Tulsa County Bar Association Award as Outstanding Senior Lawyer, 1994