Tom Pryor



Tom Pryor helps individual and corporate clients on a range of matters, including resolving complex litigation disputes, navigating administrative proceedings and pursuing appeals.

Past Experience

Tom returned to Faegre Baker Daniels in 2019 after completing a judicial clerkship in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Before attending law school, he worked for the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning in Philadelphia and for the Corporate Executive Board in Washington, D.C.  Tom also has a Ph.D. in political science, where his studies focused on the judiciary, legal decision making and empirical research methods. He has taught courses on American politics, constitutional law and the Supreme Court.

Faculty Positions

  • Macalester College — Visiting Professor, 2017
  • St. Catherine University — Visiting Professor, 2016-17
  • University of Minnesota — Instructor, 2013 & 2016
  • Augsburg College —Instructor, 2016


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota


U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, Hon. David Stras, 2018-2019


University of Minnesota Law School
J.D. summa cum laude, Minnesota Law Review (symposium articles editor) (2013)

Carleton College
B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude (2005)

University of Minnesota
Ph.D. in Political Science (2016)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Promise and Pitfalls: The Brain and Legal Decision Making
    Speaker, MinnCLE, February 2018
  • From the Lab to the Law: The Potential Applications for Neuroscience in the Law
    Speaker, MinnCLE, October 2017
  • Using Citations to Measure Influence on the Supreme Court
    Author, American Politics Research, 2017
  • Oral Arguments at the Supreme Court
    Co-author, Routledge Handbook of Judicial Politics, 2017
  • The Psychology of Legal Decision Making
    University of Minnesota Dissertation, 2016
  • How Many Cases Will the Supreme Court Put Off Till Next Term? Maybe None
    Co-author, Washington Post, March 25, 2016
  • Turner v. Rogers, the Right to Counsel, and the Deficiencies of Mathews v. Eldridge
    97 Minnesota Law Review 1854, 2013


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-21

Awards Methodology

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