Richard O. Milster

Richard Milster

Richard O. Milster

Principal, Attorney

Practice Areas
Commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, family law, probate, real estate and general trial practice.


  • Bachelor of Arts, Michigan State University, 1980
  • Juris Doctor, University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, 1983

    • State of Michigan, 1983
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1987
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, 1990

    Professional Associations

    • Bay County Bar Association – Past President, Treasurer, Board of Directors and Law Day Chairman
    • Midland County Bar Association
    • State Bar of Michigan
    • Case Evaluator for the Bay County Circuit Courts
      Community Involvement

      • Bay Area Community Foundation, Current Chair and Trustee
      • Bay City Planning Commission, Current Member
      • MSU Club of Bay County Past President, Charter Organizing Member and Current Member
      • Michigan State University Alumni Association
      • Rotary Club of Bay City
      • Bay City Central Alumni and Friends Endowment Fund, Co-Chair
      • First Presbyterian Church of Bay City, Past Deacon, Elder, Trustee and Chairperson of the Personnel Committee
      • JOPPA Lodge #315 Free and Accepted Masons and Scottish Rite Valley of Bay City
      • Bay City Elks BPOE #88, Current Member and Trustee
      • Walleyes for Warriors, Volunteer Captain
      • Tall Ships Celebration, Volunteer Liaison Officer

      Rich is a litigator, and knows the disruptive, emotional and often lengthy aspects that come with the litigation process. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in commercial, personal injury and family law litigation.
      “I believe my clients deserve a no-nonsense, no-surprises approach,” says Rich. “They need to know not only the likelihood of attaining their desired outcome, but also the potential costs, and time, in getting there.”
      Rich helps his clients get through the emotional aspects usually present in litigation, while also pressing forward to get their cases resolved as efficiently as possible. This requires quick evaluation of the merits of pursuing or defending a lawsuit combined with thorough trial preparation and vigorous and aggressive representation at trial.
      “I strive to help my clients stay as productive as possible in their own businesses while I handle the business of litigation,” Rich says. “No one wants to be tied up in legal battles, so I work hard to achieve the desired results to help my clients get the litigation behind them.”
      Rich has broad general practice experience in the state courts; as such, he is often called upon to evaluate other cases in litigation. He demonstrates his commitment to community by serving in a variety of leadership roles.
      “I believe that to help your community prosper, you have to be active,” Rich says. “Join community groups. Chair a fundraiser. You can help make good, concrete things happen.”