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School of Law


Benjamin Means

Title: Professor of Law
School of Law
Phone: 803-777-3616

1525 Senate Street
Room 314
Columbia, SC 29208


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Benjamin Means


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 JournalThe Georgetown Law Journal, the Vanderbilt 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 past chair of the AALS Section on Agency, Partnership, LLCs, and Unincorporated Business Associations.


  • Business Corporations (LAWS 600)
  • Business Crimes (LAWS 607)
  • Contracts (LAWS 504)
  • Liberty Seminar (LAWS 668)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (LAWS 774)

Selected Scholarship

  • The Political Economy of Corporate Exit, 71 Vand. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2018) (with Susan Kuo)
  • The Cambridge Handbook of Social Enterprise Law, (co-editor Joseph Yockey) (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming 2017)
  • Collective Coercion, 57 B.C. L. Rev. 1599 (2016) (with Susan Kuo)
  • Navigating the Uber Economy, 49 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 1511 (2016) (with Joseph Seiner)
  • Wealth Inequality and Family Businesses, 65 Emory L.J. 937 (2016)
  • The Contractual Foundation of Family-Business Law, 75 Ohio St. L.J. 675 (2014)