Michael G. Charapp


MICHAEL G. CHARAPP is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and the Georgetown University School of Law (J.D. 1974) where he was Legislative Notes Editor for the GULC international law journal, Law and Policy in International Business. He is a member of the bars of the District of Columbia and Virginia, and his practice involves representing and advising business clients on a broad range of issues including: acquisition and sale of businesses, business formation, structuring and restructuring business organizations, real estate transactions, business operations, legal compliance, complex litigation, and private aviation matters. Mr. Charapp has extensive complex litigation experience. Formerly Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a nationally recognized automotive dealer group, today he specializes in representing motor vehicle dealers in franchise matters, acquisition and sale transactions, financing arrangements, new business formation and structuring, employment law, legal compliance, complex litigation, and operational and training matters. He represents motor vehicle dealer trade associations on administrative, legal, and legislative matters. He writes frequently on issues affecting motor vehicle dealers, including a regular monthly column on legal issues for Ward’s Dealer Business. He speaks regularly on a broad range of subjects affecting dealers’ businesses. He is a member of the Virginia, District of Columbia and American Bar Associations and is a founding board member and a past President of the National Association of Dealer Counsel, a nationwide association of attorneys representing the interests of motor vehicle dealers.


University of Pittsburgh (B.S., 1971)
Georgetown University School of Law (J.D., 1974)

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia
Federal District & Appellate Courts


Phone: (703-564-0220)

Email: michael.charapp@cwattorneys.com