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Tommy D. Goddard

Workers compensation Attorney at Dalton, GA

5.0   3 reviews

Licensed for 39 years

About Tommy

Learn Tommy’s areas of practice.

4
Practice areas
  1. Workers compensation
    40%
    Representation of Injured workers/claimants

    39 years

  2. Social Security & Disability
    30%
    Adult and child social security disability

    39 years

  3. Adoption
    15%
    Georgia Adoptions and International Adoptions

    39 years

  4. Probate
    15%

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 and Hammontree 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, his daughter, has a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood education from Lee University, and a Master’s degree in Learning, Design and Technology For K-12 from The University of Georgia and she works for Usborne Books & More. Taylor is presently living in Norfolk Virginia serving her country by being married to Naval Petty Officer First Class Mark Kelly. Taylor has two children, Scotlyn and Slater. Tommy’s son, Christian, has a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a minor in Religion from Lee University. Christian is currently working in the rapidly growing movie industry in Georgia. Anita is the principle of Christian Heritage High School In Dalton, Georgia. Tommy and Anita are members for 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.

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Licensed for 39 years
State GA
Status Active Member in Good Standing
Acquired 1983
Updated 11/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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

Reviews

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Posted by Danny | December 8, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Workmen Comp/Social Security
To all who are looking for a honest and down to earth Christian attorney. Well here is the MAN. He started out by being upfront telling me it would take time and not to expect things to happen over night. The system takes time and they were very back logged. I appreciated this because some I had consulted said they would get me RESULTS IMMEDIATELY!! I asked one thing KEEP ME INFORMED.. He did so. He never failed to return a call answer an email. Granted it was not always the answer I wanted but I got an answer. Since I have used Mr.Goddard I have referred several others and their results were the same. Very pleased!!! There is no way to express the gratitude and appreciation for all he has done for me and my family..
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Posted by Michelle | June 6, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer
I was having problems handling my workman's comp case on my own so I decided to hire Tommy. He was recommended by a friend and once I hired him, I was greatly pleased. Anytime I called his office, he either took my call immediately or he called me back before the end of the day. He was always professional, polite, and knowledgeable about my case. He ended my stress of trying to handle my case alone. He settled my case for the price I agreed on and I would definitely recommend him to anyone needing help with workman's comp.
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Posted by Sherry | August 30, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome
Mr. Goddard is one of the nicest and honest people I've ever met. When he talk to me I understood what he was saying. Very comfortable environment. Everyone I met was so nice and helpful. I recommend Mr. Goddard 100%. Oh yeah, my disability was approved.

Cost

Rates
  • Contingency 25%-25%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 7.3 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • 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

Education

  • University of Georgia School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1983
  • University of Georgia
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1980

Associations

  • 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
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • AV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • American Jurisprudence
  • University of Georgia
  • 1983

Speaking Engagements

  • Annual Worker's Compensation Seminar
  • Worker's Compensation
  • 2007

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Dalton Workers compensation Lawyer Tommy D. Goddard
Tommy D. Goddard
Workers compensation Attorney
Dalton, GA
Licensed for 39 years