Tom Poul is a shareholder with Messerli & Kramer and a member of its Government Relations group. He is an experienced and respected advocate, representing and advising clients on policy and political issues before the state legislature, executive branch and state agencies.
Tom’s extensive knowledge and understanding of government has been developed over the past 20 years by serving unique roles at the federal, state, and local levels of government. Tom’s career began in Washington D.C. working with Congressman Bill Frenzel and then later holding high level positions with Minnesota’s State Auditor Judy Dutcher and with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.
Since joining Messerli & Kramer in 1997, Tom’s legal practice has been exclusively focused in the government relations area. Tom provides clients with a comprehensive range of government rations services and is a trusted and respected counselor to many private companies, public entities, non-profits, and trade associations. Tom has led key initiatives for some of the most complex, high profile legislation ever enacted in Minnesota. Among them were the Minnesota Twins ballpark, the Hiawatha Corridor Light Rail Transit project, the Marriage Equality Act, and major property tax reform.
Tom also has a strong commitment to community and public service. In addition to his volunteer work with numerous organizations, he has taken on leadership roles including serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for both Campfire Minnesota and the University of Minnesota – Duluth Alumni Association. Currently, Tom serves as the Vice President of the Minnesota Government Relations Council Board of Directors, the trade association for government relations professionals in Minnesota.
Specialties: Representing and advising clients before the Minnesota Legislature, state agencies and local governments for industries such as education, tax policy, health care, technology, insurance, and state and local government procurement.
- U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota
- William Mitchell College of Law, J.D.
- University of Minnesota Duluth, B.A.
- Minnesota State Bar Association
- Ramsey County Bar Association
- Minnesota Governmental Relations Council, Board Member
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