ndon Taylor graduated from Oklahoma State University with a Bachelor of Science in industrial engineering and management in 1981. After his graduation from OSU, Taylor earned his law degree with honors from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1984. Following his graduation from law school, Taylor was associated for 20 years with the international law firm Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, LLP, which is headquartered in New York and has 22 offices throughout the world. He served as managing partner of the firm's Houston, Texas office for 13 years. Combining his industrial engineering skills and his legal training, Taylor concentrated his legal practice in the area of international project finance, with emphasis on the development and financing of complex energy infrastructure projects around the globe. This included refineries, petrochemical plants, liquefied natural gas plants, electric generation power plants, oil and gas pipelines, and oil and natural gas pipelines. His engineering skills differentiated him as a lawyer and allowed him to represent project developers, commercial lenders, investment banks, construction companies, fuel suppliers and transporters, utility companies, and equity investors in the development and construction of energy infrastructure projects. He led teams in the development and financing of energy projects in over 40 countries, including Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, China, Guatemala, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Thailand, and Venezuela.
In 2005, Taylor joined Devon Energy Corporation as its deputy general counsel, and in 2007 became executive vice president and general counsel. In 2019, he was promoted to executive vice president and chief legal & administrative officer. In that role, Taylor leads Devon's legal department, along with numerous other administrative groups including corporate governance, corporate security, digital security, corporate aviation, government relations, office services, facilities, and real estate. Throughout his career at Devon, Taylor's industrial engineering background and skills have allowed him to take on a broader management role and to lead enterprise-wide teams focused on innovation and process improvement.
Taylor is a lifetime member of the OSU Alumni Association and was honored in 2013 with the OSU Distinguished Alumni Award. The School of Industrial Engineering and Management faculty recognized him with its Outstanding Alumni Award in 2014 and inducted him into the inaugural class of the Cowboy Academy of Industrial Engineering and Management in 2016 in recognition of his contributions to industry related to his industrial engineering education. Recently, he was inducted into the College of Engineering, Architecture and Technology's Hall of
Lyndon, Congratulations from the entire IEM Family!