Category: Community Outreach

Peter J. Solomon Company Helps Raise Awareness About Food Deserts


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Peter J. Solomon Company

Duke Ligon, an Oklahoma City energy executive, owns and manages the Mekusukey Oil Company, LLC. Recently, Duke Ligon also became a senior advisor to the Peter J. Solomon Company, a leading Wall Street financial advisory firm, which he counsels regarding energy matters.

Peter J. Solomon’s Food Retail & Restaurants practice recently held an event to raise awareness about the more than 20 million Americans who live in “food deserts.” Food deserts are places where people lack access to grocery stores with fresh food. Taking center stage at the event was a nonprofit organization named UpLift. Its mission is to increase access to fresh, healthy foods for economically disadvantaged people in food deserts nationwide.

With an eye on practical solutions, UpLift acts as a liaison between food retailers, developers, and city, state, and federal programs to encourage the development of profitable food stores in areas that need them.

For those interested in making a contribution, go to

Heritage Trust Takes Four-Step Approach to Planning and Engagement

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Heritage Trust

    The former general counsel and senior vice president of Devon Energy Corporation in Oklahoma City, Duke Ligon is a legal professional with years of experience in corporate litigation. In addition to his current role as the owner and founder of Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon maintains a position as a member of the Board of Directors of the Heritage Trust Company, a privately owned trust bank also located in Oklahoma City.

Founded in 1998, Heritage Trust is responsible for the management of $15 billion in assets. The company operates with the goal of establishing positive, personalized relationships with clients, and takes a four-step approach to the engagement and planning process, as outlined below.

1. The planning begins with the execution of agreements. On the first day of dealings, the professionals at Heritage Trust focus on establishing a client’s trust or agency agreement, arranging for the transfer of assets, and completing the necessary paperwork.

2. Over the next two to four weeks, Heritage Trust employees work alongside clients to discuss account objectives, financial plans, and a questionnaire on risk tolerance before making asset investments as detailed in the client’s personalized plan.

3. As the partnership progresses, Heritage Trust maintains consistent communication with the client by producing monthly statements, releasing performance reports once per quarter, and taking the initiative to reach out and discuss decisions about the direction of a portfolio proactively.

4. At the year mark, Heritage Trust presents an annual review, in which the performance of a client’s portfolio is judged, financial plans receive updates, and investment objectives can be reviewed and changed as needed.

Nature Conservancy Protects Key Oklahoma Environments


Information about the Isaiah Stone Foundation


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Isaiah Stone Foundation

Duke Ligon is an attorney and business leader in Oklahoma City. The manager and owner of Mekusukey Oil Company, Duke Ligon also sits on the board of the Heritage Trust, an independent trust bank that supports many nonprofit organizations, including the Isaiah Stone Foundation.

The Isaiah Stone Foundation provides support and resources for families of the 400,000 children who have epilepsy in the United States. Epilepsy is a neurological condition that typically causes recurrent seizures.

More than 40 types of seizures are associated with epilepsy, and seizure types vary among epilepsy patients. Seizures range from simply “zoning out” to violent thrashing and stiffness of muscles.

Medical advancements have done little to increase the understanding of epilepsy, so its causes and potential cures remain unknown. Currently, five percent of children born in the United States are diagnosed with epilepsy before they reach the age of 5. To support the families of children with epilepsy through the Isiah Stone Foundation, visit