The Honorable Brian McDowell Gibbons was born in Orangeburg, South Carolina in 1966. He is the youngest son of the late Mac and Beverly Gibbons.
Raised in Orangeburg, Judge Gibbons is a 1985 graduate of Wade Hampton Academy (Orangeburg Prep), going on to graduate with Honors from The Citadel in 1989. In 1992, Judge Gibbons received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.
Following law school graduation, Judge Gibbons started his legal career with two fellow Citadel Bulldogs, Milton Hamilton and Greg Delleney. Judge Gibbons practiced law with Hamilton, Delleney & Gibbons for almost 13 years, enjoying a general practice of law with an emphasis on civil litigation, family law, personal injury, and criminal defense. He is the former municipal attorney for Chester, Fort Lawn, and Great Falls, SC.
Judge Gibbons serves as the Operations Director for the American Legion Palmetto Boys State program, a program he has served with in various capacities since 1984. Judge Gibbons currently serves as the President of the SC Circuit Judges Association and is a member of the Circuit Court Advisory Committee. He additionally served on the South Carolina Trial Lawyers (SCAJ) Board of Governors and the SC Bar Young Lawyers Division for numerous years when he was in private practice.
Judge Gibbons is a devoted alumnus of The Citadel, serving as Secretary/Treasurer and founding president of the Chester/Fairfield Citadel Club for the past 20+ years.
Judge Gibbons was elected by the South Carolina Legislature as a Family Court Judge, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Seat 1, on May 25, 2005. He was elected by the South Carolina Legislature as a Circuit Court Judge, Sixth Judicial Circuit, Seat 1, on May 15, 2013.