Sidney Powell, a controversial lawyer who rose to prominence for her role in former President Donald Trump’s legal team after the 2020 presidential election, has been married twice. Her first husband was Gerald L. Powell, a lawyer and businessman. The couple married in 1976 and divorced in 1995. They had no children together.
Gerald L. Powell was born in 1942 in Wichita Falls, Texas. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law in 1967. After law school, he worked as a corporate lawyer for several years before starting his own business. He was also involved in politics, serving as the campaign manager for a successful candidate for the Texas House of Representatives in 1974.
Powell met Gerald Powell while they were both working as lawyers in Dallas. They married in 1976 and moved to Raleigh, North Carolina, where Gerald Powell opened a law firm. Sidney Powell worked as a lawyer at the firm for several years before starting her own practice.
The couple divorced in 1995. Gerald L. Powell died in 2014 at the age of 72.
Sidney Powell has not publicly spoken about her first marriage. In a 2021 interview with The New York Times, she said that she had been married twice but declined to name her ex-husbands.
Powell’s second husband is Patrick J. J. Tighe, a lawyer and retired law professor. The couple married in 1998 and divorced in 2010. They had no children together.
Tighe was born in 1946 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the University of Scranton in 1968 and the University of Virginia School of Law in 1971. After law school, he worked as a lawyer in private practice and as a government prosecutor. He also taught law at the University of North Carolina School of Law for several years.
Powell met Tighe while they were both working as lawyers in Raleigh. They married in 1998.
The couple divorced in 2010. Tighe died in 2012 at the age of 66.
Powell has not publicly spoken about her second marriage either.
Powell has not remarried since her divorce from Tighe. She has no children.