Thompson H. Gooding, Jr

Tom Gooding practices general commercial law, focusing on business formations and counseling, joint ventures, acquisitions and divestitures, commercial finance, real estate, and other commercial law matters.

Tom became a partner with Elliott, Blackburn & Gooding following his tenure as General Counsel of Griffin, LLC, a Valdosta, Georgia-based international chemicals company. Prior to joining Griffin in 1998, Tom was a partner with one of the country's largest law firms, Kilpatrick Stockton LLP (now Kilpatrick Townsend), based in Atlanta, which he joined in 1981 upon graduating from Tulane Law School. He is an Attorney/CPA/MBA.

Tom brings cost-effective solutions to his client's legal and business needs. Serving as General Counsel and as part of the executive management team with a major international company gives Tom a keen awareness of the need to advise clients from their perspective - to ensure that clients receive practical, cost-effective legal advice aimed at advancing their business goals. His tenure as a merger & acquisition partner at a national law firm provides Tom with a breadth of commercial law expertise.

Before entering Tulane Law School, where he graduated cum laude and was a member of the Law Review, Tom practiced as a CPA with Price Waterhouse & Co. (now Price Waterhouse Coopers).  He is a former chairman of the Atlanta Bar Association's Taxation Section. Tom is active in local civic affairs, including leading various governmental and legislative initiatives for the Valdosta-Lowndes County Chamber of Commerce and also serving as Chairman of its Board of Directors.  He has also chaired Valwood School's Board of Trustees and serves on the Salvation Army's local Advisory Board.

He holds an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, one of the nations' top business schools, and a BS (Accounting) from Florida State University. He is a native of Jacksonville, Florida.

Tom's wife, Mary, is Director of Marketing and Community Relations at Valdosta State University.  She also serves on and is a former Chairman of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority. Mary has been recognized as one of the 25 Most Influential South Georgians by South Georgia Business magazine and The Valdosta Daily Times newspaper.

Tom and Mary have two children, Thompson and Darby and the family attends Valdosta's First United Methodist Church.

Tom Gooding can be reached by phone at (229) 242-3333 or by email at