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Rick J. Houghton, attorney

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


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.
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


Selected to the Minnesota Super Lawyers Rising Star list four consecutive years 2014-2017.

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.

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