Judge Lisa A. Kinon was born October 4, 1958 in Columbia, South Carolina. Her parents are James and Alice Allen. She married Samuel C. Kinon in Dillon , South Carolina and they have two children.
She received two bachelor degrees from the University of South Carolina in 1980 in Business Management and Business Marketing. She received her juris doctorate degree in 1985 from the University of South Carolina Law School. While at the University of South Carolina Law School she received the American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence.
She entered private practice after Law School and joined the firm of Hearn, Brittain and Martin, PA in 1987. As an attorney she concentrated her practice in the area of trial litigation primarily in family law. She was elected to the position of Family Court Judge for the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit in May of 1995 and has served continuously in that position. She was elected to replace Kaye G. Hearn who was elected to the Court of Appeals.
Judge Kinon has been a member of the South Carolina Bar Association, Horry County Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She has also served as a member of the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates, the South Carolina Board of Governors, and as a member of the Supreme Court Commission on Grievances and Discipline.
She has also received the University of South Carolina School of Law "Compleat Lawyer" award - silver award in 1994. She received the South Carolina Bar Pro Bono service award in 1992. Judge Kinon was also certified as a Family Court Mediator in 1994.