Thomas Poul

Top rated government relations attorney in St. Paul, Minnesota

Messerli | Kramer
Thomas Poul
Messerli | Kramer

Practice Areas: Government relations, Administrative law, Business & corporate; view more

Licensed in Minnesota since: 1994

Education: William Mitchell College of Law

Selected to Rising Stars: 2001 - 2002, 2004, 2007

Messerli | Kramer

525 Park Street
Suite 130
St. Paul, MN 55103 Visit website


Thomas Poul is an attorney at the law firm of Messerli | Kramer, which is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and serves clients in the St. Paul metropolitan area and throughout the state. Focusing primarily on governmental relations, he also helps clients with matters involving:

  • Association management
  • Capital investment
  • Environment/natural resources
  • Global business
  • Health care
  • Insurance
  • Local government
  • Nonprofits
  • Public safety
  • Tax and economic development
  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Transportation

As a part of the Government Relations group of Messerli | Kramer, Mr. Poul works with clients and advises on policy and other political issues in different legal branches of the state government. He is a dedicated attorney who holds a firm commitment to his clients’ interests and fights for their liberties at every turn.

Graduating with his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth, Mr. Poul obtained his Juris Doctor from the William Mitchell College of Law and was licensed to practice in Minnesota in 1994. He began his career in Washington, D.C., working with Congressmen Bill Frenzer and later with Minnesota State Auditor Judy Dutcher. He also served at the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry.

Mr. Poul has professional associations with the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Ramsey County Bar Association. He is also a board member at the Minnesota Governmental Relations Council.

Mr. Poul has been honored with awards and recognition throughout his career, including the Lobbyist of the Year award for politics in Minnesota by the St. Paul Legal Ledger Capital Report and the John Collier Award by CampFire Minnesota. He has published a paper on Ambulatory Surgery Centers and lectures at many continuing legal education seminars.

Active in his community, Mr. Poul is a part of CampFire Minnesota, the Eden Prairie Planning Commission, Kids Voting Minnesota and the University of Minnesota-Duluth Alumni Association. 

Practice areas

Government relations, Administrative law, Business/corporate, Environmental, Government contracts, Health care

Focus areas

Environmental law, Health & health care law

  • 50% Government relations
  • 10% Administrative law
  • 10% Business/corporate
  • 10% Environmental
  • 10% Government contracts
  • 10% Health care

First Admitted: 1994, Minnesota

Professional Webpage:

Educational Background:
  • University of Minnesota Duluth, B.A.
  • Lobbyist of the Year (team), Politics in Minnesota and the St. Paul Legal Ledger Capitol Report, 2014
  • John Collier Award, in recognition of outstanding contributions in the field of business and finance for Campfire USA MN, 2002
  • Campfire Spirit Award, in recognition of non-profit support, 2004
  • Rising Star, Minnesota Law & Politics, 2002-2007
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • CampFire Minnesota
  • University of Minnesota-Duluth Alumni Association
  • Kids Voting Minnesota
  • Eden Prairie Planning Commission
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Minnesota
  • Minnesota Governmental Relations Council, Board Member  
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Co-Author, “Ambulatory Surgery Centers” – Minnesota Physician, April 2018
  • Panelist, “MNsure, Healthcare and the Legislature” – Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Conference, 2013
  • Keynote Speaker, “2014 Legislative Session and its Impact on Healthcare” – Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Conference, 2014
  • Presenter,  “Legislative Update” – Minnesota Ambulatory Surgery Center Association Annual Education Conference, April 16-17, 2015
  • Presenter, “Regional Council of Mayors Meeting” – 2015 Legislative Update, July 13, 2015
Industry Groups:
  • Education
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Municipal
  • Tax
  • Technology And Procurement

Office location for Thomas Poul

525 Park Street
Suite 130
St. Paul, MN 55103

Phone: 651-228-9757


4 Years Rising Stars
  • Rising Stars: 2001 - 2002, 2004, 2007

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