Pamela is a retired attorney and full-time alpaca rancher.
She was born on a ranch in South Dakota, graduated from the University of Colorado, Phi Beta Kappa, then from the University of Notre Dame Law School. After graduation Pamela founded her own business law firm with three partners and grew that firm to 35 attorneys where she specialized in business and transactional law. She was then asked to become a partner in the multi-national firm of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where she again practiced transactional law, specializing in oil & gas and real estate for 25 years before retiring.
Pamela’s community work has always centered on issues effecting women and children, homelessness and domestic abuse. She helped found and obtain funding for Denver’s first domestic abuse safe house, organized attorneys to assist domestic abuse victims and served on the board of the Gathering Place, a daytime homeless shelter for women and children and educational outreach community. She’s a founder and past-President of the Colorado Women’s Bar Association.
Pamela and Dale Cantwell have 2 grown daughters, Amelia and Elizabeth, and live at Xanadu Farm north of Denver. Pamela loves Delta blues, old-time railroads and traveling. She’s a certified glider pilot.