Thomas J. Poul


St. Paul



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.

Publications & Presentations



  • Presenter, “Regional Council of Mayors Meeting” – 2015 Legislative Update, July 13, 2015

  • Presenter,  “Legislative Update” – Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Annual Education Conference, April 16-17, 2015

  • Keynote Speaker, “2014 Legislative Session and its Impact on Healthcare” – Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Conference, 2014

  • Panelist, “MNsure, Healthcare and the Legislature” – Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Conference, 2013

Professional & Community


  • Minnesota


  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Governmental Relations Council, Board Member  

Community Involvement 

  • CampFire Minnesota
  • Eden Prairie Planning Commission
  • Kids Voting Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth Alumni Association
Honors & Distinctions
  • Lobbyist of the Year (team), Politics in Minnesota and the St. Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report, 2014

  • Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2002-2007

  • Campfire Spirit Award, in recognition of non-profit support, 2004

  • John Collier Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of business and finance for Campfire USA MN, 2002