Professor Means graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College in 1995 and magna cum laude from Michigan Law School in 1999. He was an articles editor for the Michigan Law Review.
After law school, Professor Means served as a law clerk to the Honorable Rosemary Pooler of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Before joining the faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2008, he practiced law at Davis Polk & Wardwell and Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, both in New York City, and represented clients in matters of corporate law and litigation.
In his scholarship, Professor Means focuses on the governance of closely held business organizations. He is particularly interested in family owned businesses. His work has been selected for publication in journals including the Emory Law Journal, the Fordham Law Review, The Georgetown Law Journal, the Ohio State Law Journal, the University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, the William and Mary Law Review, and the Washington University Law Review. One of his articles was also selected for presentation at the Junior Faculty Forum co-sponsored by Harvard, Stanford, and Yale law schools.
He is chair of the AALS Section on Agency, Partnership, LLCs, and Unincorporated Business Associations.