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.
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|GA||Active Member in Good Standing||1983||07/15/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2016|
|American Jurisprudence||University of Georgia||1983|
|Partner/Member||Goddard, Hammontree and Bolding, L.L.C.||1996 - Present|
|Partner||Coppedge, Goddard, and Leman||1993 - 1996|
|partner/attorney||mitchell and Mitchell, P.C.||1983 - 1993|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Georgia State Board of Worker's compensation||Ethics committee||2014 - Present|
|United States Surpeme Court||Member of Bar||1993 - Present|
|American Arbitration Association||Member||1990 - Present|
|State Bar of Georgia||Member of Bar||1983 - Present|
|Conasauga Circuit Bar Association||Member||1983 - Present|
|Court of Appeals for the State of Georgia||Member of Bar||1983 - Present|
|Surpreme Court of Georgia||Member of Bar||1983 - Present|
|University of Georgia School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1983|
|University of Georgia||Journalism and Mass Communication||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1980|
|Annual Worker's Compensation Seminar||Worker's Compensation||2007|