Tommy D. Goddard was born on April 18, 1958, and has lived in Dalton his entire life. Tommy graduated cum laude from The University of Georgia in 1980 with a Bachelors Degree in Journalism, and graduated cum laude from The University of Georgia School of Law in 1983 with a Juris Doctorate of Law. Tommy was admitted to practice law before the Superior Courts in Georgia on June 11, 1983. He was admitted to practice law before the Georgia Court of Appeals and Georgia Supreme Court on September 29, 1983, and he was admitted to practice law before the Federal Court for Northern District of Georgia on June 28, 1983. After having served in good standing with those courts for approximately 10 years, Tommy was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States of America on June 21, 1993.
He is the husband of the former Anita Payne of Cuthbert, Georgia. He and Anita have two children, Taylor Marie Goddard, born in 1989, and Christian Payne Goddard, born in 1992. Anita is a middle/high school teacher at Christian Heritage School in Dalton, Georgia. He and Anita are members of Rock Bridge Community Church.
Tommy’s main focus is in the area of Georgia Workers’ Compensation, Social Security Disability/SSI, and Adoptions (both domestic and international).
Tommy is a member of the State Bar Association of Georgia (and in particular he is a member of the Workers’ Compensation Division of that entity), and he is also an active member in good standing with the Conasauga Bar Association.
Allen obtained both his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Georgia, earning his Juris Doctorate in 1993. He was admitted to practice before Georgia state and federal courts in 1993.
Allen is a former member of the Georgia House of Representatives, having been elected to 3 terms by the people of the 4th House District of Georgia from 1996-2002. He chose to leave elected office as he and his wife were adopting their first child. He has served as a member of the Georgia Judicial Nominating Commission, providing screening for judical applicants to Governor Sonny Purdue. Allen has also served as a member of the Dalton Whitfield County Joint Development Authority and The Dalton Whitfield Chamber of Commerce Executive Board. He is the Judge of the Municipal Court for the Town of Cohutta.
Allen is married to Melody Hammontree and they have 3 daughters, Harmony, Hannah Grace and Hope. They are members of Grove Level Baptist Church.
His practice emphasis is personal injury, medical malpractice, and Social Security disability claims.
He is licensed in Georgia and Tennessee and actively practices in both states.