Judge H. Bruce Williams was born in Columbia, South Carolina on March 13, 1956. His parents are Edna Harris and H. Lanier Williams.
He attended public schools in Columbia and received a bachelor's degree in 1978 from Wofford College in Spartanburg, S.C. While at Wofford, he served as President of the student body. He graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School in 1982.
After graduation from law school, he was in private practice in Columbia until 1995. He served as a part-time Associate Town Judge in Irmo, SC from 1992 until 1995. He served two terms on the Board of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association for the Family Law Section.
He served as President of the Columbia Kiwanis Club. While a member of the Kiwanis Club, he volunteered as advisor to the Columbia High School Key Club from 1983 until 1995.
He was elected by the South Carolina General Assembly to the position of Resident Family Court Judge for the 5th Judicial Circuit in May, 1995. In May, 2004, Judge Williams was elected to the South Carolina Court of Appeals.
During his tenure as a Family Court Judge, Judge Williams has served as President of the South Carolina Conference of Family Court Judges in 1999-2000, as well as Secretary-Treasurer in 1998-1999. He has presided over the Richland County Juvenile Drug Court since its inception in January of 1998.
He is a member of the South Carolina Bar. He is admitted to practice in all South Carolina Courts, as well as the U. S. District Court for South Carolina. He is married and has two children.