Richard J. Gognat

Senior Vice President
& General Counsel

Contact: 303.551-8163

Rich has executive responsibility for all of Meritage’s legal and land matters. He has under his belt more than three decades of experience in the midstream, upstream and oilfield services sectors. Rich joined Meritage after serving as Senior Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary at High Sierra Energy, LP in Denver, having formed the company’s first legal department and closed the sale of the company and multiple transactions with a total value of $1 billion.

Previously, from June 2008 to June 2010, Rich was Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Oklahoma’s SandRidge Energy, Inc. Rich managed the legal, land administration and stock administration departments, leading a six-lawyer legal department. His team was responsible for the consummation of more than $4.5 billion of M&A and capital markets transactions.

Rich held senior legal positions with DCP Midstream and its affiliates for 15 years, managing numerous corporate, finance, mergers acquisitions, joint ventures and other transactions. Prior to DCP, Rich spent five years in private practice. He began his career in 1980, working for six years in oil and gas land and business development roles as well as running a small exploration and production company. He received his Bachelor of Science in business administration from Regis University in 1982 and a law degree, with honors, from the University of Tulsa College of Law in 1989.