Tom was born and raised in Hampton, Iowa and comes from a family of attorneys. Tom's father was a general practice attorney in Hampton, Iowa, for almost 50 years. Tom's older brother, Jim, was Governor Tom Vilsack's first appointment to the District Court bench.
Tom has been married to Julie (Steidl) Drew since 1984. Julie is currently a chef instructor in the Culinary Arts Department of DMACC. Tom and Julie's son and daughter are graduates of the University of Iowa. Their daughter obtained her Master's Degree from DePaul University while working fulltime currently works for a State University. Their son obtained his MBA from the University of Iowa while working fulltime and currently brokers real estate development ground. When not working, Tom enjoys flying airplanes and is an Airline Transport Rated Pilot and a Certified Instrument Flight Instructor. He currently owns and flies a Cessna 340A Ram IV and Decathlon 8-KCAB. Tom also enjoys spending time with his family, traveling, watching independent films and playing his bass guitar.
Drake University Law School
1985 - 1988
University of Iowa
1980 - 1984
Honors & Awards
President, Iowa Trial Lawyers Association 2005
President, Iowa Chapter American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA 2011)
Chair, Litigation Section Iowa State Bar Association 2007-2008
President, American Inns of Court (C. Edwin Moore Chapter) 2004-2005
President, American Academy of ADR Attorneys (2014)
Appointed by Iowa Supreme Court to the Civil Justice Reform Task Force Steering Committee 2010
Executive Committee-Iowa Board of Medicine, service 2007-2012
Fellow, Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers