I had never been through anything like this before. Lots of attorneys to choose from and I didn’t want to make a bad choice so I started researching. After reading hundreds of reviews I narrowed my search down to 3 attorney offices to represent me. The first one I met with was Michigan auto law. I never met with another. They were spot on with all my questions. They immediately set my mind at ease so I could concentrate on healing. They took over from there. My attorney is rick Houghton and instantly we got along like lifetime friends. The guy never let me down. He answered calls and text on weekends and after hours if I had questions , not just Monday through Friday bankers hours.. He did everything he said he was going to do and never left me in the dark on anything. In the end he got me a higher settlement then I expected and I never had to enter a court room. I actually think of him as a friend now!! You won’t find a better person or attorney !!!LOAD MORE
Working with Rick
As an avid rider, Rick also works with many injured motorcyclists. Recently, Rick won a $400,000 settlement for an injured motorcyclist who was hit by a negligent driver, where the insurance company was refusing to take responsibility, disputing both how the crash occurred and the extent of his client’s injuries.
University of Minnesota School of Law, Juris Doctor
- Cum Laude
- Dean’s List
Willamette University College of Law
- Top 20
Universita Commerciale Luigi Bocconi – Milan, Italy
- Studied EU Law
Michigan Technological University, Bachelor of Science – Marketing and Management
Negligent Entrustment After Bennett, The Grand Rapids Lawyer – March/April 2018
Mitigating Property Damage: The Duty v. The Ability, Minnesota Trial – Fall 2014
Future Medical Expenses to a Reasonable Degree of Certainty? Is that the Standard?, Minnesota Trial – Spring 2013
Rick was named to Grand Rapids Magazine’s list of Top Lawyers for 2020. He has also been selected to the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list annually since 2014. Super Lawyers is a listing of outstanding attorneys who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The honor is limited to the top 2.5 percent of lawyers in each state.
Memberships and affiliations
- Grand Rapids Bar Association
- Michigan Association for Justice
State Bar of Michigan
State Bar of Minnesota
- Western District of Michigan
- District of Minnesota
Rick has considerable experience as a personal injury attorney. Before joining Michigan Auto Law as a trial and litigation attorney, he practiced in Minneapolis, Minnesota with a premier personal injury firm where he obtained millions in total settlements for the people he was helping.
Extensive Pro Bono Work
Rick began his legal career as a volunteer attorney at Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services, in St. Paul, Minnesota, helping low income clients with housing matters. Rick tried multiple eviction and rental repair cases on behalf of his clients, at no cost to them.