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Thomas Krause

Litigation Director


Thomas A. (Tom) Krause is NOSSCR’s first Litigation Director. He is charged with identifying and pursuing impact litigation for the benefit of NOSSCR members and their clients.

Tom has been a Sustaining Member of NOSSCR for 28 years and served on the NOSSCR Board for eight years. He has presented at numerous NOSSCR conferences and Eighth Circuit Social Security Disability Law conferences.

Tom has represented claimants seeking disability benefits for more than 40 years. He worked for about 14 years for Legal Services Corp. of Iowa (now Iowa Legal Aid), initially representing clients on a variety of issues, but later focusing on Social Security Disability/SSI and Medicaid claims. Tom then spent 21 years in private practice, primarily handling federal court appeals of disability claims. From 2018 to 2023, Tom was a Senior Attorney and Assistant Litigation Director for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, leading SMRLS’ Social Security Practice Group.

Tom’s first reported case was Baugus v. Secretary of Health and Human Services , 717 F.2d 443 (8th Cir. 1983) (accuracy of hypothetical question; on the brief). Class actions include Parker v. Barnhart , 174 F.Supp.2d 920 (N.D. Iowa 2001) (SSA User Fee challenge); Surrell v. Willman , 16 F.Supp.2d 1085 (D.Neb. 1998) (DDS class action); and Laird v. Stilwill , 969 F.Supp. 1167 (N.D. Iowa, 1997) (DDS class action).

Other cases of note include Hesseltine v. Colvin, 800 F.3d 461 (8th Cir. 2015) (Listing 12.05C and Intellectual Disability); Hutchison for Hutchison v. Chater, 99 F.3d 286 (8th Cir. 1996) (non-acquiescence; SSI deeming); Newton v. Chater, 92 F.3d 688 (8th Cir. 1996) (Trial Work Period prior to award of benefits).

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