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Pamela Steinle
Pamela Steinle

Up & Coming: Pamela Steinle

If Pamela Steinle’s career trajectory is any indication, it turns out you can go home again. After several years with a Minneapolis firm, Steinle and her husband decided to return to her roots in south-central Minnesota.

“We always wanted to move back, and the firm had a need for a trusts and estates attorney,” said Steinle. “The opportunity came up, and everything fell into line.”

Steinle’s law career followed time teaching in middle school and high school, as well as some time with Politics in Minnesota, now known as Capitol Report, Minnesota Lawyer’s sister publication.

Now, Steinle does litigation for Sunde Olson Kircher Zender in addition to working in trusts and estates. That responsibility led to a professional milestone last year when she first-chaired her first trial and received a directed verdict in a trust dispute.

Steinle has learned about the personal side of the law by becoming guardian to two children from her husband’s family who needed a place to stay. That has led to volunteering with the Children’s Law Center of Minnesota and has added a new dimension to her work.

“Kids without parents are some of the most vulnerable,” she said. “It’s gratifying to be one of the few stable things in their lives.”

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