Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Benjamin Means

Associate Professor of Law

J.D., University of Michigan (1999)
A.B., Dartmouth College (1995)

Professor Means teaches Business Associations, Business Crimes, Mergers and Acquisitions, and a seminar on Liberty. He is chair-elect of the AALS Section on Agency, Partnership, LLCs, and Unincorporated Business Associations.

He graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College and magna cum laude from Michigan Law School, where he was an articles editor for the Michigan Law Review.

Prior to joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina, Professor Means practiced law at Davis Polk & Wardwell and Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, both in New York City, where he represented clients including JPMorgan Chase Bank, Moody's Investors Service, National Geographic, and the Thomson Corporation in matters of corporate law and litigation. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Pooler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.

In his scholarship, Professor Means focuses on the governance of closely held business organizations. His publications include The Contractual Foundation of Family-Business Law, 75 Ohio St. L.J. __ (forthcoming, 2014), The Prudential Third-Party Standing of Family-Owned Corporations, 162 U. Penn. L. Rev. Online 151 (2014) (with Matthew Hall), Non-Market Values in Family Businesses, 54 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1185 (2013) (selected for presentation at the 2012 Junior Faculty Forum cosponsored by Harvard, Stanford, and Yale law schools), Corporate Social Responsibility After Disaster, 89 Wash. U. L. Rev. 973 (2012) (with Susan Kuo), A Contractual Approach to Shareholder Oppression Law, 79 Fordham L. Rev. 1161 (2010), and A Voice-Based Framework for Evaluating Claims of Minority Shareholder Oppression in the Close Corporation, 97 Geo. L. J. 1207 (2009).

Courses Taught

Benjamin Means

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