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Tommy D. Goddard has lived in Dalton, Georgia his entire life. He is a 1976 graduate of Northwest Whitfield High School. 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.  Tommy has been given the highest rating (AV) for attorneys by the leading authority on such ratings, Martindale-Hubbell.


Tommy is presently the senior partner at Goddard, Hammontree, and Bolding in Dalton, Georgia. The firm was founded as a workers’ compensation practice but now branches out into all aspects of personal injury law.


He is the husband of the former Anita Payne of Cuthbert, Georgia. He and Anita have two children, Taylor Goddard Kelly and Christian Payne Goddard. Taylor is a school teacher and is presently living San Diego, California serving her country by being married to Navy serviceman Mark Kelly. Tommy’s son, Christian, is a graduate of Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee, as of August 2014 with a degree in Psychology and a minor in Religion. 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 he is also an active member in good standing with the Conasauga Bar Association. Tommy is presently serving on on the State Board of Workers’ Compensation Ethics Committee.


Practice areas


  1. Workers Compensation: 55%
    33 years
  2. Social Security: 30%
    33 years
  3. Adoption: 15%
    33 years



Contingent (25%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Goddard, Hammontree & Bolding, L.L.C.

2716 Cleveland Highway
Dalton, GA, 30722


GAActive Member in Good Standing 198307/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent RatedMartindale-Hubbell2016
AV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
American JurisprudenceUniversity of Georgia1983
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner/MemberGoddard, Hammontree and Bolding, L.L.C.1996 - Present
PartnerCoppedge, Goddard, and Leman1993 - 1996
partner/attorneymitchell and Mitchell, P.C.1983 - 1993
Association namePosition nameDuration
Georgia State Board of Worker's compensationEthics committee2014 - Present
United States Surpeme CourtMember of Bar1993 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationMember1990 - Present
State Bar of GeorgiaMember of Bar1983 - Present
Conasauga Circuit Bar AssociationMember1983 - Present
Court of Appeals for the State of GeorgiaMember of Bar1983 - Present
Surpreme Court of GeorgiaMember of Bar1983 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Georgia School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1983
University of GeorgiaJournalism and Mass CommunicationBA - Bachelor of Arts1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Annual Worker's Compensation SeminarWorker's Compensation2007