Chauncey W. Lever Jr

Retired Partner


Chauncey W. Lever, Jr. is a partner and finance lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP. He practices in the areas of public finance and health care finance, serving as bond counsel, special tax counsel, disclosure counsel, and counsel to underwriters, banks, purchasers, borrowers, issuers, trustees, and other parties in connection with governmental purpose and private activity financings.

Chauncey has extensive experience with financings for governmental capital improvements and infrastructure, utilities, airports, seaports, private and public hospitals and other health care facilities, multi-state health systems, housing, senior living facilities, higher education, charter schools and other educational facilities, 501(c)(3) organizations, industrial development, and community development and redevelopment.

Chauncey also has extensive experience with various types of financing structures, including pooled loan programs, commercial paper programs, master lease-purchase arrangements, structured public finance, special district financings, tax increment, special assessment and ad valorem tax financings, and public private partnerships.

Chauncey’s practice in public finance and health care finance includes related derivative transactions and related tax and securities law matters. He is a member of the firm’s Finance, Financial Institutions, Public Finance, and Health Care Finance Practices, as well as the Airport Services, Health Care and Post-Acute Care & Senior Housing Industry Teams.


  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© each year since 2003 in the field of Public Finance Law and each year since 2016 in the field of Municipal Law
  • Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the practice area of Banking & Finance: Public Finance (2013-2022)
  • Recognized as a fellow in the American College of Bond Counsel
  • Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system


  • The University of Florida College of Law (J.D., 1978)
    • Editor, University of Florida Law Review
  • Wofford College (B.A., summa cum laude, 1975)
    • Member, Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions and Professional Memberships

Chauncey is a member of The Florida Bar and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. His professional affiliations include the National Association of Bond Lawyers, the American Bar Association Committee on Tax Exempt Financing, the Healthcare Financial Management Association and the Florida Government Finance Officers Association.

Community Engagement

Chauncey is actively involved in various civic and charitable organizations in the community. Past and present involvement includes Leadership Jacksonville Alumni Association, Trinity Rescue Mission, Rotary Club of Jacksonville and the Jacksonville Community Council.