Rivers Lawton Mcintosh was born on April 10, 1960 in Anderson, South Carolina and was raised in Anderson County. His father, Jack Furman Mcintosh was an attorney; and his mother, Frances Varn Mcintosh was a homemaker. During high school and college, he was involved with organized sports. He is married to an orthopaedic surgeon; and he has one stepdaughter. He and his wife built their home on the family farm that his wife's family has lived on and operated for ever one hundred years.
He and his family attend St. John's Methodist Church in Anderson, South Carolina.
He went to Wofford College and lettered in football. He was a member of SAE, graduating in 1982. He went to USC Law School and graduated in 1986 with a Juris Doctor.
He was a law clerk for the Honorable Luke N. Brown, Jr., Circuit Court Judge, Fourteenth (14th) Judicial Circuit until May, 1987. In May of 1987, he was hired as an associate by Mcintosh & Sherard; and he later became a partner of the practice, now Mcintosh, Sherard and Sullivan.
He is presently a member of the Staff Parish Relations Committee of St. John's Methodist Church and of the Board of the Alzheimers Association State Board - South Carolina Chapter; he is Treasurer Of the Western South Carolina Torch Club, as well as a member of The Chiquola Ciub of Anderson, Anderson Board of Assessment Appeals and a lifelong member of the Anderson YMCA.
He was elected to the Circuit Court Bench, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Seat 1, on May 13, 2009.