Gerald Padmore has practiced law in Denver, Colorado since 1981 and is a partner in the law firm of Cox Padmore Skolnik & Shakarchy LLP. From March 2006 through June 2010 he was based in Accra, Ghana where he served as Regional Vice President, Legal Affairs Africa of Newmont Ghana Gold Limited and Newmont Golden Ridge Limited, both of which are subsidiaries of Newmont Mining Corporation. He remains an officer of Newmont International Services Limited with regard to certain ongoing African matters.
Born in Liberia, he first moved to the United States in 1956 when his father became Liberian Ambassador to the United States. He later earned the A.B. degree in 1967 from Yale University and the J.D. degree in 1970 from Harvard Law School.
Mr. Padmore has negotiated international mineral and other natural resource development and finance agreements and worked in a number of African countries including Liberia, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Gabon, Mauritania and Egypt.
His practice has also involved complex commercial litigation in state and federal courts.
Mr. Padmore is included in Martindale Hubbell’s listing of preeminent lawyers in the United States, and has written and lectured on legal topics relating to natural resources law, mineral development and taxation, political risk, dispute resolution and concession and investment agreements in developing countries.
Mr. Padmore is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and courts in Colorado, the District of Columbia and the Republic of Liberia (currently inactive status).
Between 1975 and 1979 while living in Liberia he served as Liberia’s Deputy Minister of Finance and Acting Minister of Finance.
From 1990 through 1997 he served on the Colorado Transportation Commission to which he had been appointed by the Governor of Colorado, and was elected as its Chairman during 1996-1997.
He was also Chairman of the board of the Webb-Waring Institute for Biomedical Research in Denver, Colorado from 1994-1996 and is currently a Member of the board of directors of the Denver Council on Foreign Relations and of the Rocky Mountain Regional Advisory Board of the Institute of International Education.