Casey K. Richter’s practice focuses on U.S. customs law and international trade regulation.

Practice & Background

Mr. Richter represents clients whose imports and exports are regulated by United States Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and other federal agencies. His experience covers a range of laws and policies that CBP administers, including those related to customs brokerage, classification under the Harmonized Tariff Schedule of the United States, valuation of imported merchandise, duty preference programs and country-of-origin marking. He also regularly counsels clients with respect to Automated Export System (AES) compliance and supply chain security and due diligence issues.

Mr. Richter has represented clients in multiple CBP administrative proceedings, including voluntary prior disclosures, audits, penalty proceedings, protests and binding ruling requests. He has also represented clients in matters before the Census Bureau, the Office of the United States Trade Representative, the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. Mr. Richter has served as assistant to the chairman of two binational dispute panels under Article 19 of the North American Free Trade Agreement.

Prior to joining Akin Gump, Mr. Richter was an associate with an international trade boutique in Washington, D.C. He was also a former contributing author to Customs Law & Administration (Oceana Publications, Inc.).

While at the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, Mr. Richter served as a staff member on the Catholic University Law Review and as a moot court associate.

Prior to law school, Mr. Richter spent two years teaching English as a second language at a copper mine in Chile.

Representative Matters

Mr. Richter’s representations include:

  • Drygel, Inc. v. United States, 541 F. 3d 1129 (Fed. Cir. 2008) (briefed and argued case before the CAFC)
  • King Supply Co. LLC v. United States, 33 Int’l Trade Rep. (BNA) 1039 (Ct. Int’l Trade Jan. 6, 2011), rev’d, 674 F.3d 1343 (Fed. Cir. 2012) (briefed case before the CIT)
  • Cisco Sys. v. United States, 804 F. Supp. 2d 1326 (Ct. Int’l Trade 2011) (briefed and argued jurisdictional and discovery motions before the CIT).

Awards & Accolades

  • Named “Rising Star” by Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers(2014-2016).