Attorney Rick J. Houghton of Michigan Auto Law

Rick J. Houghton

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Rick is an attorney in the firm’s litigation division. He prides himself on providing excellent client service, communication, and protecting the rights of injured auto crash victims.   Rick and Brandon Hewitt partnered to achieve a $520,000 Ottawa County pain and suffering verdict for a car accident — the largest in West Michigan in 2018.

Rick practices in Michigan Auto Law’s West Michigan office, located in downtown Grand Rapids.

About Rick Houghton

Client Testimonials

Chloe Silver, Muskegon, MI
One ordinary Friday commute home changed my life forever when I was involved in an auto accident. I researched attorneys for a long time before I decided to even talk to anyone. I reached out to Michigan Auto Law and it was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Rick Houghton is an extremely knowledgeable and compassionate attorney. He always treated me with respect and answered all of my questions. For two years, Rick Houghton was always the first person to contact me about any of my doctor’s appointments. He helped me through a situation I wish I was never involved in. He truly cared about my well being and his number one goal wasn’t money but me being as pain free as possible. He fought hard for me and I got a great settlement! If you find yourself looking for an attorney after an auto accident I 100 percent recommend Rick. Thank you for all you did for me!
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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.

Education

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

Published Articles

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

Honors

Rick has been named to Grand Rapids Magazine’s list of Top Lawyers in 2021 and 2022. 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

Professional Licenses

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of Minnesota

Federal:

  • Western District of Michigan
  • District of Minnesota

Legal Experience

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.

Notable Cases

  • $925,000 Bay County Car Accident Settlement

Client Testimonials

Jonah Brown
from Grand Rapids, MI
Good guy and a better lawyer. Next car accident I’m in I’ll be giving Rick a call.
Marc Menne
We appreciate all you did for us throughout this process, and we say Thank You to Rick Houghton and his team! You were sympathetic to our situation, and kept us informed and educated. Communication was always timely, and if we had any questions, there was always someone to answer our questions. We were referred by a dear friend, and we would definitely recommend Mr. Houghton, and utilize his services again if necessary!! It was a journey we never thought we'd go on, but you made us more confident in our decisions along the way, and for that we are grateful!
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Leena John
I was looking online to find an auto accident attorney. I landed on Michigan Auto Law strictly for the reviews I read. I can say that they did not disappoint. The reviews are very real. Josh and Jordan Jones were the best to work with. Right from the beginning to the end, every staff member was extremely helpful! I could not have had a better experience. I will be telling others about this great firm.
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Lucas Wepman
Really impressed. On a weekend after hours i left my info. Surprisingly they followed up right away with an informed expert staff that was polite and had the tools to answer my questions. Give me some reassurance when i was worried and sent me information that was clear and that i could trust as reliable. It allowed me to move forward in a prepared and confident way, as well as make sure i had loose ends delt with. Today i then got an email with additional resources and who to contact for any continued help. All was personal and applicable to me based on the info i provided. Just wowed!
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Tres Snellenberger
When I got seriously injured in a motorcycle accident, I reached out to Michigan Auto Law after reading some of their reviews from previous clients. Knowing they are specialists in auto accidents made me have a pretty good feeling about choosing them as my attorney. The reviews I read did not feel cookie cutter, they felt like honest reports of how their experiences were. Personally, I felt very well taken care of and that any and all questions were always answered honestly and with haste. Highly recommend Jeffrey Bussell and Joshua Terebelo.
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Faizan Mohammed Akheel
Spoke to Mickey Dunbar to seek legal advice. She was very polite and kind and gave me the right advice! Definitely recommend!
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Lester Fisher
from Holland, MI
Great Job Thank you for being my number one
Rebecca Jones
Thomas Baker, Rick Houghton, Brandon Hewitt, and all the support staff were invaluable in settling my claim. I received excellent expert advice on recommendations on how to proceed from the very beginning. Unfortunately, my insurance company provided minimal information on what were my rights in my no-fault claim. However, I received clear and frequent communication from all staff every step of the way. The final claim took time to settle but far exceeded my expectations. I had confidence 100% of the time that they were aggressively fighting for my case while exhibiting a consistently professional demeanor both with me and all parties involved. I hope I will not have to go through something like this again but if I do, without any hesitancy, would use Michigan Auto Law again.
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Rebecca Jones
from Caledonia
Thomas Baker, Rick Houghton, Brandon Hewitt, and all the support staff were invaluable in settling my claim. I received excellent expert advice on recommendations on how to proceed from the very beginning. Unfortunately, my insurance company provided minimal information on what were my rights in my no-fault claim. However, I received clear and frequent communication from all staff every step of the way. The final claim took time to settle but far exceeded my expectations. I had confidence 100% of the time that they were aggressively fighting for my case while exhibiting a consistently professional demeanor both with me and all parties involved. I hope I will not have to go through something like this again but if I do, without any hesitancy, would use Michigan Auto Law again.
Penny Lynn Stephan
from Skanee, MI
Good communication very polite though. Successful outcome.
melva Russcher
My husband and I were in a bad car accident a while back and was told by some friends of mind to call Michigan auto law. We never thought of doing this but sure am glad we did. Rick and his team worked hard on our case and gave us a nice settlement. We could have not gotten thru this time in our lives without their help. Thank you so much Rick.
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Paul Russcher
from Zeeland, MI
Michigan auto law and Rick where a great help with no fault claims, very good advice through those trying times, and finally a great settlement, thank you Rick and Michigan auto law, want the best of the best, CALL RICK HOUGHTON
Melva Russcher
from Zeeland, MI
michigan auto law works very hard on your case. they respect you and listen to your side of story. Rick and his team did and awesome job . nobody works harder than these guys . thank you Rick for getting what I deserved. Best of the Best.
Rosemary Soto
from Battle Creek, MI
Choosing a attorney is hard u want someone to look out for you and im glad i chose michigan auto law Rick houghton is awesome and he will fight for you and make sure u get the best outcome so thank you again for helping me with my case. I reccommend this law firm to anybody that needs help you wont regret it .
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Michele Campbell
I worked closely with Rick Houghton and Tim Holland with MI Auto Law. Both gentlemen were great about being patient with my sometimes sporadic communication, as well as taking the time to explain terms, policies, and procedures to me. Tim did a great job getting me ready for my deposition, which was (for me) the most stressful part of the process, but it went so smoothly and I felt so prepared, going in. I would recommend their services to anyone who's suffered injury from an auto accident.
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Patricia Dixon
from Utica, MI
Rick Houghton was my attorney, very professional and to the point, but not in a bad way. Just honest, if he could not answer your question that is what he would tell you. I always felt comfortable talking with him, asking questions and expressing any concerns I may have had I am very pleased at the way he handled my case and I would highly recommend Michigan Auto Law. Patricia Bolton Dixon
Jim Emerick Jr
One of the best lawyers around helped me navigate through a very hard time in my life. Was there for me every step of the way,very informative and answers any and all questions I had. Very down to earth and the s not the type of lawyer that talks down to you and is a very realistic in what I was looking at. I would highly recommend.
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TJ Greer
Jeff Kaufman and his group were very helpful throughout the process of my workmans compensation case, answering my questions to make sure I understood. We finally settled today and I am very please and relieved that it is all over.
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Jody Avery
Rick was very helpful after my accident. I received treatment right away. I had to do nothing and it helped me deal with injuries. All the support staff that helped me with all appointments etc. thank you all!
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Jody Avery
from jCaledonia, MI
Rick was very helpful after my accident. I received treatment right away. I had to do nothing and it helped me deal with injuries. All the support staff that helped me with all appointments etc. thank you all!
Heather Calvin
from Grand Rapids
Very helpful, communicates well and keeps you informed if every step. Overall the whole staff are superb!!!
Mike Dwornick
Tom Baker is the best lawyer ever, absolutely awesome! He has worked so hard for me and my family and is still fighting to get us everything we deserve!!
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Blackdog2086 Molitor
Michigan Auto Law never treated me like just another client. Josh Terebelo took the extra time to learn about me and my situation and then explained things to me in a way that was easily understandable. Everyone that I had contact with, including secretaries and legal assistants, were friendly, courteous and extremely helpful.
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