Charles B. Congdon

Senior Counsel


Charles Congdon is an authority on all aspects of governmental and tax-exempt finance. He has built a particularly strong reputation serving as bond and borrowers’ and underwriters’ counsel for debt financings related to projects for health care, higher education and other nonprofit organizations, energy and other exempt facilities, and Indian tribal projects and initiatives. Charlie is experienced and skilled in all matters of tax compliance relating to the issuance of tax-exempt bonds.

Health Care, Higher Education and Nonprofit Finance

Charlie serves as bond counsel, borrowers’ counsel and underwriters’ counsel in connection with various finance transactions related to higher education and health care entities and projects. He has regularly served as underwriters’ counsel for major national investment banks in connection with issuance by a major university (and its affiliated academic medical center and integrated health system) in connection with more than $5 billion in new money and refunding bonds over a ten-year period. Charlie also serves as regular finance counsel for a regional health system in Pennsylvania, issuing over $550 million in tax-exempt bonds in 2019. For many years, Charlie has also served as regular finance counsel to one of the most respected national social service agencies and has represented lenders, borrowers and underwriters in tax-exempt and taxable financing transactions for continuing care retirement communities, scores of independent schools in the Northeast and other nonprofit organizations.

Exempt Facilities, Energy and Project Finance

Over the years, Charlie has served as bond counsel, lenders’ counsel and underwriter’s counsel in connection with the financing of energy and energy-related projects, solid waste disposal, manufacturing and economic development, and other exempt facilities.

Tribal Finance

Charlie works extensively with Faegre Drinker’s tribal governments practice with respect to taxable and tax-exempt financings for Indian tribal governments, including the issuance of high-yield Rule 144A offerings, direct institutional placements and tribal economic development bonds. He represents tribal clients in connection with financing and debt restructuring transactions related to gaming and resort facilities.

Corporate Finance

Charlie’s practice has also included a wide range of corporate and financing transactions for nonprofit, health care and health care-related organizations. In particular, Charlie has represented health care institutions and systems in acquisitions, divestitures and joint ventures.

Representative Experience

  • Served as borrower’s counsel to a regional health system in Pennsylvania in connection with the issuance of over $550 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds in 2019 and continues to advise the system in connection with borrowing, finance and securities compliance matters.
  • Has served as underwriters’ counsel for major national investment banks in connection with issuance by a nationally known university and affiliated quaternary academic medical center and integrated health system in connection with over $5 billion in new money and refunding bonds in the last ten years
  • Has acted as bond counsel and master indenture counsel in connection with nearly $700 million in tax-exempt and taxable multi-state debt financing transactions for one of the nation’s largest nonprofit operators of continuing care retirement communities
  • Has acted as bond counsel and borrower’s counsel in connection with over 30 public and private tax-exempt debt financings for independent schools in Pennsylvania and other states
  • For over 20 years, has represented one of the nation’s largest and best known nonprofit national social service agencies in connection with a broad range of financing and related matters


Bar Admissions



Villanova University School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Villanova Law Review (1984)

University of Pennsylvania
B.A. (1979)

Insights & Events

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • Pennsylvania Association of Bond Lawyers


  • Chambers USA — Pennsylvania: Philadelphia & Surrounds, Banking & Finance, 2009-23
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
The Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP website uses cookies to make your browsing experience as useful as possible. In order to have the full site experience, keep cookies enabled on your web browser. By browsing our site with cookies enabled, you are agreeing to their use. Review Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP's cookies information for more details.