Judge Judy Bridges McMahon was married to the Honorable James L. Bridges and has one child. Judge James Bridges is deceased. Judge McMahon is now married to Gerald F. McMahon, Jr.
Judge McMahon received her BA from Winthrop College in 1966; her MA from Florida State University in 1967; 18 graduate hours in addition to Master's Degree: Education from the University of South Carolina, 1968-73. Following a period of teaching, she returned to college and received her JD from the University of South Carolina in 1976; and attended the University of Notre Dame Law School (London, England) Summer Study program in 1975 and the University of Denver Law School Sumer Study in 1976. Continuing her education, she attended the National Judicial College, University of Nevada Certificate courses in 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, and 1991.
Judge McMahon practiced law in Charleston, South Carolina and sat as a Municipal Court Judge for the City of Charleston from 1978 to 1983. She was elected a Family Court Judge, Ninth Judicial Circuit effective February 27, 1983 and has served continuously since.
Over the years, she has enjoyed participation and leadership in many career organizations. Her service includes Charleston County Bar, Executive Committee, 1980; Young Lawyers Executive Committee and District Representative, 1981; SC Trial Lawyers Association, Family Law Section Co-Chairman, 1981-1983; SC Bar, Practice and Procedure Committee, 1981-1983. Among her recognitions, she was Business and Professional Women, Career Woman of the Year, 1983; and received a Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice; she has been a recipient of the Jean Calloway Bissell Award.
As a Family Court Judge, she has served as Chief Administrative Judge, 14th Circuit and Chief Administrative Judge, 9th Circuit for three terms. As a member of the SC Family Court Judges' Association, she has served as Secretary/Treasurer, 1993; Vice President, 1994; President, 1995-She has been a member of the joint Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution, Family Court Committee; and served on the Committee for New Judicial Center for the County of Charleston.
Judge McMahon is a member of Grace Episcopal Church and has served as Vestry Member and has served as Lay Eucharistic Minister; on the Flower Guild; as Chalice Bearer; and on the Building and Grounds Committee for Memorial Garden. She has participated in Preservation Tours in historic Charleston, Charleston Forum on Families, The Garden Club of Charleston, and The Gibbs Museum of Art. She was also on the Winthrop College Board of Visitors. She has done volunteer work for Halos through Grace Episcopal Church. She served on the parents counsel for Sewanee 2002 - 2005. She frequently mentored and supervised College and Law School students for intern and externship, along with students from the JOE Program.