Attorney Rick J. Houghton of Michigan Auto Law

Rick J. Houghton

5 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

Client Testimonials

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.
Wendy Irwin Coleman
i was in a car accident in 2016 work with Brandon and his team they were great . Brandon and Rick did a wonderful job for me
Delores Parker
You were great Thank You.
Cecilia Stelzer
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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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 selected to the Minnesota 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 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.

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