Who is Judge McBride?

        A fifth generation Georgian, Judge Gil McBride grew up in Columbus where he was educated in local schools. He holds the degrees of Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts from George Washington University ("GWU") in Washington, DC where he also served as staff intern for longterm Georgia Congressman Jack T. Brinkley.

        During his years in Washington, Judge McBride worked in various capacities while pursuing his studies, including serving as admissions coordinator for the economics, physics and psychology advanced degree programs at GWU. He also worked as an analyst tasked with reviewing and analyzing media coverage for national clients. In college, Judge McBride was active in the Kappa Sigma fraternity where he held all major leadership positions. He was also active in student government and the campus Christian Fellowship where he met and later married his wife, Betsy (Wagner) McBride of Bethesda, Maryland, with whom he has four children, ages nine through twenty-two.

        Following graduate school, Judge McBride came home to Georgia to complete his legal education at the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University from which he graduated in 1991, receiving the American Jurisprudence Award in Comparative Law. After law school, he returned to Columbus to practice law at the Kelly, Denney, Pease and Allison law firm before joining his wife, Betsy, to establish McBride and McBride, P.C., a law firm which remained in operation until Judge McBride was elected to the bench of the Superior Court in 2008.

        Before assuming the bench, he handled a wide variety of cases, including employment discrimination in state and federal courts, negligence, divorce, child support, alimony, intentional torts, corporate and estate matters and other civil and domestic cases that comprise the bulk of the Superior Court caseload. In private practice, Judge McBride also developed a strong interest in adoption law, a subject on which he has spoken and taught.

        Judge McBride continues to be active in the community and has served twice as Board Chairman of the Valley Rescue Mission. These efforts culminated with construction of the Damascus Way Home for Women and Children, a state-of-the-art transient and residential rehabilitation program in Columbus that focuses on the spiritual, emotional and economic roots of homelessness. Judge McBride served also as President of the Kiwanis Club of Columbus and on the Select Committee on Adult Illiteracy of the State Bar of Georgia, the Pattern Jury Instruction Committee of the Council of Superior Court Judges and the Board of Directors of the Muscogee County Humane Society.

        Judge McBride and his oldest son are Eagle Scouts. He has continued to support Scouting throughout his career as lawyer and judge. He is also an active board member of the Fellowship of Christians United in Service, an outreach to the needy and marginalized in Harris County, Georgia.

        Judge McBride is a veteran mock trial coach, working most recently with Muscogee County School District students who are members of the Junior Marshal program. He spends many hours each year speaking to student and community groups across the six counties of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit. Judge McBride was recognized in 2011 by the Etiquette and Leadership Foundation as a Champion for Adoption. In 2013, Judge McBride received the Community Service Award from the Courier-Eco Latino newspaper for distinguished service to the African-American, Hispanic and other minority communities of Columbus, Fort Benning and Phenix City, Alabama.

        In 2012, Judge McBride was chosen by his fellow Superior Court Judges to serve as Chief Judge for the six counties of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit. As Chief Judge, he has focused on Court automation, pretrial diversion programs, expedited handling of criminal offenses, reorganization of docketing and case management, continuing to develop a circuit-wide guardian ad litem program and the Legitimation Station, an outreach of the Columbus Bar Association of which Judge McBride serves as Secretary. When not in court, Judge McBride enjoys gardening, camping, canoeing, reading, travel, visiting museums and art galleries, as well as hiking with his wife and children. He is a Life Member of the Pine Mountain Trail Association and has hiked most sections of the trail. He and his family are active at Saint Paul United Methodist Church, Columbus, Georgia and Bethesda Baptist Church, Ellerslie, Georgia.