Richard M. Wilson, Jr.

Attorney Manistee, MI

My contracts professor in law school once remarked that attorneys were the grease in the gears of commerce. Those words stuck with me throughout my career. I pride myself on getting things done for my clients with a minimum of conflict and stress. Whether it’s a business transaction, a real estate matter, or assisting a governmental agency in accomplishing its goals, a satisfied client is my greatest professional satisfaction.

Away from work, I enjoy sailing on the Great Lakes during the summer months and skiing in the winter. My indoor time is spent listening to music of all kinds and tackling my long reading list. I also enjoy the time I am able to devote to the various artistic and charitable activities that abound in our community.

Areas of Practice
Bar Admissions
  • Michigan, 1979
  • U.S. District Court (Eastern Michigan), 1979
  • U.S. District Court (Western Michigan), 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit Court, 2000
Education

The Ohio State University, J.D., 1978
Honors: With Honors

Methodist Theological School in Ohio

Grand Valley State University, William James College, B.S., 1975

Professional Associations and Memberships

American Bar Association: Corporation, Banking, Business Law, Urban, State, and Local Government Law sections
State Bar of Michigan: Public Corporation, Business Law, and Heath Care Law sections
Manistee Bar Association, President
Michigan Township Association
Michigan Municipal League
American Health Lawyers Association
County Road Association of Michigan

Honors and Awards
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Seminars Taught
  • Michigan Road Law Update Ownership and Alteration of Medical Records
Community Involvement

West Shore Community College
Board of Trustees (2009 to present), Vice Chair (2017 to present)

West Shore Community College Foundation (2006 to present)
Board of Trustees

West Shore Healthcare Foundation (2000 to 2016)
Board of Trustees

Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital Foundation (2016 to present)
Board of Trustees

Munson Healthcare Manistee Hospital Community Health Care Council (2022 to present)

Manistee County Bar Association
President (2002 to 2018)

Manistee County Library (1980-1985)
Board of Trustees, past Financial Secretary

West Shore Foundation (1986-2000)
Board of Trustees, Past Chair (1991-1993), Secretary (1986-1991)

United Way of Manistee County (1980-1983)
Past President

Benzie-Manistee Oil & Gas Task Force (1994-1995)