Straw Man Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Straw Man, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Straw Man?

(n). The term ‘straw man’ is used to represent a person who acts by receiving a title to a property, business right, or interest of any sort on behalf of another person, who for any reason cannot do such acts directly. For example a man with criminal record will not get a license for liquor business, then such person will apply for a licenses in somebody’s name, who has no criminal past. Such persons are called straw man. In these cases real owner controls all activities though it is not in his name.