Attorney Rick J. Houghton of Michigan Auto Law

Rick J. Houghton

22 Reviews

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

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

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


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

Professional Licenses

State Bar of Michigan

State Bar of Minnesota


  • 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.

Client Testimonials

Josh Saladin
Michigan Auto Law in Grand Rapids is the best. I had the honor of working for Rick H and Stephanie. They both fought hard for me to get a settlement best for me. Great follow -up and always available to answer questions. Even after my case was done Rick called to make sure all was well and to let me know he is available for me if I had any questions in the future. I hope no one ever has to suffer an accident but if you do give Rick and his team a call at Michigan auto Law of Grand Rapids.
Breanne VanAmberg from Muskegon Heights, MI
Kip Kidder
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 !!!
Chelsea Zoll
The entire staff at Michigan Auto Law was phenomenal. Rick Houghton, my attorney, was diligent, timely and went to bat for me and my family ended up with a settlement that will certainly help improve our future. Rick not only fought for me in the suit against the opposing insurance, but he also went above and beyond and help be my advocate with my insurance company. Rick made sure that I was treated fairly, and I am so forever grateful that I chose Michigan Auto Law and Rick to represent me. I didn't feel like I was dealing with a snobby lawyer; I felt like I was talking to a friend. Rick, again you're awesome!!!
John Sikes
They are great, they have kept in touch with me either by phone or email thru my whole case. Rick was great and very kind. I now I know why y'all are number one law firm. Keep up the great work
Luka Davis from Kentwood, MI
Rick was very patient and understanding throughout this whole process. I feel very fortunate to have had him as my attorney.
David Davis
Robert Suggs from Benton Harbor, MI
Great results.
Jessie Lucero
Treauna Gildon
Michigan Auto Law are very knowledgeable and professional. They are truly there for there clients with compassion.
David Heintz
I would like to thank Brandon, Rick, Tom and the support staff for all of their hard work on my case. They kept me up do date with the progress or delays. Gave sound advice as how to proceed. Always answered all of my questions until I was comfortable that I understood the answers. They were quick to return any calls and respond to any concerns. There was a time during my case when I truly needed help and they were there for me. I think very highly of the entire team and would recommend them to anyone. Sincerely, David Heintz
Kaitlyn Puckett
Throughout the span of two years, Rick Houghton has helped work with me on my case, doing the best he could to establish a reasonable outcome. Along with that he has also supported my overall well-being and comfort in the process. In that complicated period of my life, I knew that I had reinforcement through Rick. He has helped heal apart of my life that I thought would forever be scarred; I can finally grow. Thank you Rick, I am very grateful and happy that I had the opportunity to work with you.
Carl Berridge from Rockford, MI
You are Most Excellent!!!#!! God Bless
Jasmine Thuc
The staff at Michigan Auto Law were so kind and understanding of my condition and my frustrations. They really took the time to explain the process, share important details, and keep me informed of any changes. Attorney Rick Houghton was amazing! A real honest and down to earth guy, Rick was there for me through my struggles. Just a phone call or e-mail away, for a status update or to explain the process. Even through my concussion and the aftereffects, the whole staff has been patient with me while I recover. The main reason I chose Michigan Auto Law was because of the many great reviews as well as their promptness and efficiency in meeting me while in the hospital, the same day I called! Highly recommend!
Miranda Moyer
If you have been through a tragic accident and our searching for the right Auto Accident Team, look no further! I HIGHLY recommend Michigan Auto Law. After my accident, I wasn't sure what to do. But when I first met the team at Michigan Auto Law, I knew I was in good hands, and they took very good care of me. They took the stress and worry, so I was able to focus on healing, and easily guided me through the process. I wasn't able to do many normal things after my accident. But they know and work with a team of excellent qualified individuals to help smooth out the transition. I honestly couldn't have done it without Michigan Auto Law!! I feel tremendously greatful to have had you by my side every step of the way! Thank you for being apart of my healing journey!!! You are one of the best!!!
Theresa Kuhns from White Cloud, MI
Rick Houghton was extremely helpful.
Rachel Kroeze from Holland
Rick was absolutely amazing to work with. He was so helpful and able to answer any questions or concerns I may have had. Definitely made my whole experience with MAL a lot easier!
Jennifer Essenyi
I was rear ended by a drunk driver on my way home from work in August 2017. My life changed forever and so did that of my family on that fateful night. Michigan Auto Law stepped in and helped us navigate all the ins and out that comes with being in a car accident. Brandon Hewitt & Rick Houghton stepped in, answered all our questions, and communicated with our insurance company on our behalf. They, along with their staff, Tonya & Lori, met with us several times, answered all our emails, and questions quickly and truthfully. They presented information from several perspectives and then let my husband and I decide what way we wanted to go. When we settled our first party case regarding medical bills, lost wages, medical miles, and replacement services; Brandon and Rick once again stepped up! They negotiated a great deal for me. Then they personally spoke with all my medical providers on my behalf getting all my medical bills covered at a reasonable cost. Lastly, with the third party part of this Court matter coming up later this year, there is no one I trust more to take care of me during this scary process. Brandon, Rick, Lori, and Tonya will continue to take care of myself and my family with dedication, honesty, integrity, and most of all deep concern for my well-being. I recommend them to one and all when faced with an auto accident. Let them handle your case and you will be well taken care of, just like I was.
Kary Scheiern
Brandon Hewitt and Rick Houghton went above and beyond. At the request of my family, they came to my hospital room to meet me for the first time. They kept in touch by phone and email as my case progressed. They gave me simple suggestions for things I could do that allowed them to keep their fees lower and therefore increase my settlement. Ultimately, they were able to give me the only justice I would be able to get. I would highly recommend them to anyone who has been injured by another driver.
Delores Parker
You were great Thank You.
Ceci S
Everyone at Michigan Auto Law was wonderfully helpful! I am so grateful for their assistance, and I honestly couldn't have expected a better outcome. I can't believe I considered going through this process without an attorney. They were so helpful every step of the way, and I would have been very confused and stressed without them.
Don Schwartzbauer
I was hit on my motorcycle by an uninsured motorist and Rick did a tremendous job helping our family through a very difficult time. Not only did he get the maximum award possible, he handled all aspects of the case including hospital bills and insurance claims. Rick went above and beyond what was required and my family and I cannot thank him enough.
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