Indianapolis: 317.453.2000    Bloomington: 812.332.5000   

Michael Shanahan has experience in nearly every area of automotive law. Primarily representing automotive dealerships, he has successfully represented dealers with advising and consulting, negotiations, dispute resolution, and litigation in a multitude of areas including without limitation:  manufacturer issues, state and federal tax matters, incentive and warranty audits, attorney general matters (doc fees Рadvertising Рdeceptive acts Рpromotions Рetc.), Dealer Service Division audits/examinations, licensing, state and federal litigation, insurance coverage disputes, consumer issues, vendor disputes, buy-sell transactions, contracts, document fees, advertising/marketing compliance, privacy compliance, OFAC, Graham Leach Bliley Act, Red Flags Rules, FCRA, business entity formation, corporate compliance and record keeping, floor planning, capital raises, leases, affiliated entity assistance (i.e., real estate entities, finance companies, and other companies), etc. He regularly interacts with dealership owners and management  to advise them on the various business decisions they make in the day to day operations as well as future planning.

Mr. Shanahan is a member of the Indiana Bar Association, as well as the National Association of Dealer Counsel and the Automobile Dealers Association of Indiana via Mallor | Grodner, LLP. He stays connected to the industry regularly visiting with clients and addressing concerns.


  • Represented 22 dealerships in the General Motors and Chrysler arbitrations
  • Represented 22 dealerships in the General Motors and Chrysler arbitrations
  • Assisted in the start-up of the national automobile franchise “All Things Automotive”
  • Litigation and dispute resolution of matters for dealers and other clients
  • Regularly answers Attorney General Consumer, Better Business Bureau, Bureau of Motor Vehicles and Secretary of State Dealer Service Division complaints
  • Successfully challenged Indiana Department of Revenue in tax court level on several major sales tax issues
  • Represents dealers in Department of Financial Institutions, incentive, rebate, sales/use tax, and IRS audits
  • Previously represented the Automobile Dealers Association of Indiana (ADAI), the Indianapolis Auto Trade Association (IATA) and Vernon General
  • Drafted contracts for Buy Here Pay Here and Lease Here Pay Here operations
  • Drafted forms package for New and Independent Dealers
  • Manage forms package for the ADAI, including drafting new forms and annual revisions to existing forms
  • Brokered large and small multiple franchise and single point transactions
  • Handled Buy-Sell Transactions of all sizes
  • Corporate Governance
  • Employment Matters – Harassment, Wage Hour, Policy, Age, Contract, Etc.
  • Title Disputes – hidden liens, misplaced titles, repossessions, etc.


  • Hendricks County Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Automobile Dealers Association of Indiana
  • National Association of Dealer Counsel


  • U.S. Air Force


  • Trader’s Point Church
  • Apple Creek Homeowners Association
  • United States Association of Triathlons
  • United States Tennis Association


  • Chancellor’s Scholar
  • National Defense Medal


  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D, 2007
  • Indiana University – Kelley School of Business, B.S., 2003 (Ranked #1 in Class)


  • Indiana, 2007