Tom Poul is a Shareholder in Messerli Kramer’s 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, state agencies and local governments.
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 providing a comprehensive range of services including procurement and tax policy advice for industries such as education, tax policy, health care, technology, and insurance. Tom is a trusted and respected counselor to many private companies, public entities, non-profits, and trade associations. He 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.