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dave_chaunceyDavid E. Chauncey


t: 904.345.3285

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About David

David E. “Dave” Chauncey represents and advises employers, educational institutions and other organizations in litigation and compliance matters.

Practice Areas

Educational Institutions

Represents higher education and K-12 educational institutions and has in-depth knowledge of the unique issues that face these organizations, including:

  • Governance matters, labor issues, faculty issues, shared governance, tenure issues, questions of academic freedom, employment issues, student claims and a host of other claims and issues facing educational institutions;
  • Student and faculty grievance issues;
  • Advice, counsel and litigation of claims arising out of disabilities and accommodations, both by students as well as by faculty, staff and employees;
  • Financial aid compliance under Title IV;
  • Litigation of disputes with vendors to educational institutions, particularly those vendors that provide educational products or services;
  • Title IX issues and claims for sex discrimination or sexual harassment;
  • Response to charges filed with the Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR);
  • Student privacy issues, including questions related to obligations under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA);
  • Student and faculty discipline issues; and
  • Represents educational institutions in the defense of personal injury and premises liability claims by students and visitors.

Employment and Civil Rights Litigation

Represents employers, businesses and other organizations in the defense of claims of violations of civil rights and employment issues alleged by current and former employees, students, patrons and customers, including:

  • Advice, counsel and litigation of claims by current or former employees alleging discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual harassment, age, disability, pregnancy, national origin and other types of unlawful workplace discrimination;
  • Proceedings before federal, state and local equal employment agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) and Florida Commission for Human Relation (FCHR), as well as in the federal and state courts;
  • Representation of educational institutions in defense of race, color, religion, sex, sexual harassment, gender equity, age, disability, pregnancy, national origin and other types of discrimination claims by students, members of the faculty and other employees;
    Representation of educational institutions in Title IX gender equity, sex discrimination and sexual harassment claims; and
  • Representation of businesses, hotels, restaurants and other organizations that are open to the general public in civil rights claims made by members of the public, including claims alleging discrimination and harassment, as well as claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Rehabilitation Act alleging that the businesses are not accessible to persons with disabilities; and
  • Provides advice and counsel to clients regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Florida Civil Rights Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

Disabilities, Medical Leaves, Workers’ Compensation Issues and Workplace Injuries

Advice, counsel and litigation of issues and claims arising out of disabilities, medical leaves, reasonable accommodations, and workplace injuries, including claims under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA) and the relationship of these statutory requirements with worker compensation issues. Additional Workers’ Compensation areas of representation include:

  • Appeals
  • Claim prevention
  • Claims litigation
  • Coverage issues
  • Defense of uninsured employees
  • Defense of workers’ compensation claims
  • Stop-work orders and workers’ compensation coverage compliance investigations
  • Advice and counsel regarding risk management and best practices

Wage and Hour Litigation

Advice, counsel and litigation of issues under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA), including collective actions, minimum wage, overtime, exemptions and claims for wages under state law.

Employment Contracts and Non-Compete Issues

Litigation over the enforcement of contractual provisions such as wage claims, bonus payments, non-compete and other restrictive covenants and allegations of wrongful termination.

Administrative Proceedings, Workplace Investigations and Audits

Represents employers, businesses and other organizations in administrative proceedings, litigation, or investigations by:

  • Conducting workplace investigations including the investigation of claims of harassment and discrimination as well as claims of employee theft;
  • Assisting clients in issues relating to OSHA compliance, on-site investigations and litigation;
  • Representing clients in investigations and audits by Federal and State Agencies including the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Department of Labor (DOL), Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), Florida Commission on Human Relations (FCHR) and the Jacksonville Human Rights Commission.

Workplace Training

Facilitates the training of employees and managers throughout the United States on workplace-related matters involving discrimination, harassment and other workplace issues

Bar Admission and Bar Grievance Process

Assists law students and law school graduates in the application process for admission to the Florida Bar and members of the legal profession in grievance matters and issues of omissions and nondisclosures, financial responsibility issues and prior criminal charges.

Honors & Distinctions

  • 2018 “Super Lawyers Rising Star”
  • Inductee, University of Florida Hall of Fame
  • President, Florida Blue Key Leadership Honorary
  • Leadership Florida CLF Class XVI
  • Symposium Edition Editor, Harvard Journal of Law and Public Policy
  • UF Levin College of Law Dean’s List
  • Corps Member, Teach For America Jacksonville


  • The Florida Bar Association
  • The Jacksonville Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division, Florida Bar
  • Leadership Florida, Northeast Region
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • University of Florida Alumni Association
  • The Federalist Society
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity
  • Riverside Avondale Preservation
  • Jacksonville Historical Society
  • ImpactJAX, Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce

Community Involvement

  • Board of Governors, Jacksonville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section
  • Board of Directors, Jacksonville Historical Society
  • Alumni Board, Teach For America Jacksonville
  • Riverside Avondale Preservation, Land Use and Zoning Committee
  • Board of Directors, Kappa Phi Epsilon Fraternity
  • Chair, Ribault High School Future Lawyers and Leaders Mentor Program


  • The Florida Bar
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida


  • University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D.
  • University of Florida, B.A., with honors, Political Science (International Relations) and History

Outside of the Office

Dave and his beautiful wife Lauren enjoy attending games at Florida Field to see the Gators play. As a former history teacher at Ribault Middle School, Dave loves studying the history of Florida, Jacksonville, and being engaged in the policy issues of our community.