Education

  • J.D., University of Tennessee
  • B.A., Wake Forest University

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Selected Experience

  • Representation of several businesses and employees concerning non-compete agreements, trade secrets, and other business torts
  • Representation of multiple physicians, accountants, restaurant owners and other professionals in business disputes and breakups
  • Representation of several large law firms and individual lawyers in professional malpractice disputes
  • Representation of a former dealer in breach of contract claim against major automaker.
  • Representation of the Executor/Estate in a will contest jury trial where the potential beneficiary challenged validity of will
  • Representation of individuals injured in motor vehicle and other accidents
  • Representation of commercial real estate owners in eminent domain proceedings
  • Representation of the largest private corrections company in the United States in multiple civil rights actions in both state and federal court
  • Appointed Special Prosecutor by Tennessee Supreme Court in a criminal contempt case in 2012
  • Successfully challenged the constitutionally of a Tennessee criminal statute (Doe v. State, 2012)

Honors & Awards

  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2015-20)
  • Best Lawyers – Ones to Watch (2020)
  • Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Combat Distinguishing Device
  • Combat Action Ribbon
  • Iraq Campaign Medal
  • Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
  • Sea Service Deployment Ribbon (twice awarded)
  • National Defense Medal

Professional Activities

  • Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (President, 2020)
  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Program (Class of 2019)
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum (Class of 2017)
  • Young Leaders Council (Class 66)

Civic Activities

  • Operation Stand Down Tennessee Board Member (Social Enterprise Co-Chair)

Gil is a trial lawyer whose practice includes a wide range of commercial disputes in state and federal courts, administrative agencies, and all forms of alternative dispute resolution. He represents individuals and businesses of all sizes in varied claims, including breach of non-competition agreements, business torts, trade secrets, breach of contract, professional liability, Telephone Consumer Protection Act, and personal injury claims. Prior to joining Sims|Funk, Gil worked at a well-regarded litigation boutique firm in Nashville.

Gil graduated with honors from Wake Forest University and cum laude from the University of Tennessee School of Law where he served on the Editorial Board of Transactions: The Tennessee Journal of Business Law. Before law school, Gil served in the United States Marine Corps as a Reconnaissance Platoon Commander and a Military Transition Advisor to the Iraqi Army.

Recent News

Lenihan receives "Enterprise Award" from NBA YLD

Mark Lenihan recently received the Enterprise Award from the Young Lawyer’s Division of the Nashville Bar Association.  This award is given to a member of the YLD who has advanced the charitable purposes of the NBA through a new initiative, program, or activity.  Specifically, Lenihan was recognized for his work organizing the first-ever virtual Race Judicata […]

Funk presents noncompete CLE with U.S. District Court Judge Campbell

United States District Court Judge William L. Campbell and Sam Funk recently presented a CLE for the Federal Courts Committee of the Nashville Bar Association entitled, “Noncompete Agreements in the Era of Remote Working.”  During it, they discussed issues concerning noncompete, non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements as well as trade secret law in the context of […]

Best Lawyers recognizes Sims|Funk

Sims|Funk has received a Tier 1 ranking for Commercial Litigation in the 11th Edition (2021) of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.”  In addition, the firm was ranked among its peers for Litigation-Securities and Bet-the-Company Litigation. Best Lawyers is based upon a comprehensive peer review survey in which leading attorneys vote on the […]

Benchmark Litigation ranks Sims|Funk a “Highly Recommended” firm; Funk and Sims each named “Local Litigation Stars.”

Benchmark Litigation has named Sims|Funk a “Highly Recommended” firm in Tennessee and has recognized Sam Funk and Scott Sims as “Local Litigation Stars” in the areas of commercial litigation and securities litigation. Benchmark exclusively covers the litigation market in the US and around the world.  It bills itself as “the definitive guide to America’s leading […]

Funk, Sims & Peal recognized as Best Lawyers

Sam Funk, Scott Sims and Rob Peal have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 27th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©.  Funk was recognized for his work in Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Securities and Trade Secrets Law.  Sims and Peal were recognized for their work in Commercial Litigation and Bet-the-Company Litigation.