William “Randy” Rucker assists global, multinational and other clients with all aspects of U.S. customs law. With a business-focused approach, he advises on optimizing trade operations, ensuring regulatory compliance and handling administrative actions. A frequent author on trade policy, tariffs and regulatory changes, Randy helps clients implement procedures and practices that promote compliance with U.S. and international trade statutes. He is a skilled negotiator and litigator and defends clients before major trade regulators and courts.

International Trade

Randy helps companies maximize trade opportunities and operations. He has extensive experience advising clients on the classification and valuation of merchandise, country of origin and marking determinations, quantitative import restraints, duty-preference and savings programs, and understanding and receiving the benefits of free trade agreements.

Import Compliance

To assist clients with compliance and to satisfy “reasonable care” requirements, Randy reviews companies’ internal operations and procedures. He identifies potential liabilities and recommends solutions to ensure compliance with all U.S. statutes and regulations.

Randy also assists clients with trade-related matters under the jurisdiction of the Department of Commerce, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This assistance includes labeling requirements and the interpretation of antidumping orders for the preparation of scope ruling requests or changed circumstances reviews.

Trade Litigation

Randy often represents clients before the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other U.S. government agencies involved with the importation of goods into the U.S. He has significant experience crafting submissions to government, protesting administrative decisions on behalf of clients, and requesting administrative rulings and prior disclosures. Randy also represents clients in litigation before the Court of International Trade.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of International Trade
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


The John Marshall Law School
J.D. with honors, John Marshall Law Review (2000)

University of Alabama

Insights & Events

Updates March 2021

Forced Labor Update: CBP Enforcement Actions Appear to Be Just the Start

6 min read  
Media Mentions March 2021

Women’s Wear Daily Turns to Randy Rucker for Insight on U.S. Trade Policy and the Retail Industry

1 min read  
Updates February 2021

'Know Your Supply Chains'— As to Forced Labor Enforcement, the Biden Administration is Picking Up Where the Previous Administration Left Off

6 min read  
Updates February 2021

Understanding the Enforce and Protect Act — and Preparing for Its Potential Expansion

8 min read  
Media Mentions February 2021

Randy Rucker Discusses Biden Administration’s Trade Posture and Potential Retail Tariff Concerns With Women’s Wear Daily

2 min read  
Updates January 2021

Dialing Up its Forced Labor Enforcement Efforts, CBP Issues Order Barring All Imports of Cotton and Tomato Products from China’s Xinjiang Region

5 min read  
Updates December 2020

Government’s Failure to Adhere to Statutory Procedural Obligations Could Lead to Refunds of Section 232 Duties

5 min read  
Updates December 2020

U.S. Department of Commerce Makes Substantive Changes to Section 232 Steel and Aluminum Tariff Exclusions Process

6 min read  
Updates November 2020

Timing Is Everything (or Maybe Not): CIT Weighs Section 301 Exclusions and the Availability of Post-Liquidation Refunds

5 min read  
Updates October 2020

U.S. Trade Representative Announces Two Section 301 Investigations Against Vietnam

4 min read  
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