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Benjamin Means

Title: Professor of Law
John T. Campbell Chair in Business Law and Professional Ethics
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 and magna cum laude from Michigan Law School. 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, he practiced law at Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and Satterlee Stephens Burke & Burke LLP, both in New York City, representing clients in matters of corporate law and litigation.

In his scholarship, Professor Means focuses on family-owned businesses. His work has been selected for publication in journals including the Georgetown Law Journal, Vanderbilt Law Review, Washington University Law Review, Emory Law Journal, William & Mary Law Review, Boston College Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, Ohio State Law Journal, and Fordham 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 a member and past chair of the executive committee for the AALS Section on Agency, Partnership, LLCs, and Unincorporated Business Associations.


  • Business Associations (LAWS 609)
  • Family Business Law (LAWS 603)
  • Contracts (LAWS 504)
  • Liberty Seminar (LAWS 668)
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (LAWS 774)

Selected Scholarship

  • A Corporate Law Rationale for Reparations, 62 B.C. L. Rev. (forthcoming 2021) (with Susan Kuo)
  • The Value of Insider Control, 60 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 891 (2019)
  • The Political Economy of Corporate Exit, 71 Vand. L. Rev. 1293 (2018) (with Susan Kuo)
  • The Cambridge Handbook of Social Enterprise Law, (co-editor Joseph Yockey) (Cambridge University Press, 2018) [Learn More]
  • Collective Coercion, 57 B.C. L. Rev. 1599 (2016) (with Susan Kuo)
  • 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)
  • Nonmarket Values in Family Businesses, 54 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1185 (2013)

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