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.
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.