Michael G. Charapp, managing partner in the law firm of Charapp & Weiss, LLP, has been in and around the automobile business his whole life. The son of a Dodge dealer in western Pennsylvania, Mr. Charapp graduated from the University of Pittsburgh (B.A. 1971) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D. 1974). After doing trial work with a noted Washington D.C. law firm for ten years, Mr. Charapp joined the Rosenthal Automotive Organization, then one of the ten largest auto dealer groups in the country, where he became Executive Vice President and General Counsel. Today, Mr. Charapp represents and advises numerous business clients, including over 200 automobile dealers and numerous automobile dealer trade associations and advertising associations. He is a founding board member and past president of the National Association of Dealer Counsel and co-author of Auto Dealer Law: the Definitive Legal Guide to the Purchase, Sale and Operation of Vehicle Dealerships, available at www.autodealerlaw.com.