Brian McDowell Gibbons is an Orangeburg, SC native, born on November 24, 1966. His parents, I. McDowell ("Mac") Gibbons and Beverly Williamson Gibbons, reside in Hartwell, Georgia where he is the Director of Engineering at Hart Telephone Company and she is a retired teacher. Brian has an older brother, M. Logan Gibbons, M.D. of Chester and his late maternal grandmother, Mrs. Margie Banks Williamson, was a Chester native.
Brian is a 1985 graduate of Wade Hampton Academy (Orangeburg Prep) and received his B.S. degree in Biology Cum Laude from The Citadel in 1989. While at The Citadel, Brian played on the rugby football team, as well as sitting on the Inn of Court and the Round Table. He consistently achieved Gold Stars and Dean’s List honors and was also involved in the South Carolina Student Legislature. Brian is a devoted alumnus of The Citadel, serving as Secretary/Treasurer and founding president of the Chester/Fairfield Citadel Club.
He received his law degree from the USC School of Law in 1992. After graduation from law school, Brian started his legal career with two fellow Citadel graduates, Milton Hamilton and Greg Delleney. Brian practiced law with Hamilton, Delleney and Gibbons until May of 2005 when he was elected to the Family Court bench. His practice consisted of a general practice with an emphasis on family law, criminal defense, and personal injury. Brian was also the former city attorney for Chester, and town attorney for both Fort Lawn and Great Falls, SC. He is licensed to practice in all state courts as well as the federal district court and US Court of Appeals. Brian was elected to the Circuit Court bench in May of 2013.
Brian is past president of the Chester Rotary club, Blackstock Bluegrass and the Chester YMCA board. He also served on the board of Richard Winn Academy in Winnsboro. Brian serves on the Diaconate of Chester Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and has been a junior or senior high youth group leader for the past 15 years. He has served on the Children’s Attention Home board, is a certified family court mediator, and has been on the staff of American Legion Palmetto Boys State for the past twenty five years. Brian was also the Sixth Circuit representative on the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Board of Governors.
Judge Gibbons is married to the former Lorena Crouch of Saluda, SC and they have three sons, Mason Bradley, Mitchell Banks, and Marshall Britt. He is an avid golfer, fisherman, and youth sports coach. He also plays the guitar and enjoys entertaining.