- Civil Trials & Appeals
- Wrongful Death
- Serious Personal Injury
- Products Liability
Means is a founding partner and senior litigator at Means Gillis Law, PC, a law firm in Montgomery, Alabama. He was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois where attended public schools. He earned a Bachelors degree from Morehouse College in 1973 (Class of 1974) at the age of nineteen and a Juris Doctorate from the University of Kansas in 1976. Means is a member of the Alabama, Georgia and Kansas Bars. Means has served as General Counsel to the Washington D.C. Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial Foundation, Inc. continuously since its inception in 1996 until the memorial was transferred to the National Park Service. He also serves as Grand Attorney to The Most Worshipful Prince Hall Lodge F.&A.M. of Alabama, Inc. He has extensive involvement in numerous social, civic and professional organizations, both as a member and as an officer including the Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, where he served as the first elected black president of any statewide bar organization in the State of Alabama. He is the former National General Counsel to Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., the nation’s largest and oldest black collegiate fraternity.
He previously served on the University of Kansas Endowment Board and the University of Kansas Law School Board of Governors. In 2004, Means was named a Fellow of the Alabama Law Foundation Fellowship for outstanding dedication to the legal profession and to the community. Beginning in 2008 and continuing through date, Means was recognized as an Alabama Super Lawyer from a listing of outstanding Alabama lawyers who have attained the highest degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Further, other recognitions include one of the TOP 100 TRIAL LAWYERS in Alabama by the National Trial Lawyers Association and the Bar of Preeminent Lawyers by Martindale-Hubbell. He has secured over one hundred (100) million dollar and multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients, one of which was the nation’s sixth largest jury verdict in 1996 in a major landmark automobile product liability case.