• 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 (2015-21)
  • 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
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Fellow (Class of 2021)

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

Funk and Sims Recognized by Chambers 2022

Once again, Chambers USA recognized Sam Funk and Scott Sims as leading lawyers in Tennessee. The firm was also recognized as one of the top commercial litigation firms in Tennessee. Chambers USA is a leading directory of lawyers and law firms. Chambers bases its annual rankings on in-depth market analysis and independent research.

Funk and Fox Present Non-Compete and Trade Secrets CLE

Sam Funk and Grace Fox recently presented a CLE for the Nashville Bar Association entitled, “Developments Within Non-Compete and Trade Secrets.”  During it, they discussed issues concerning noncompete, non-solicitation, and confidentiality agreements. They also discussed the implications of an important recent opinion from the Tennessee Court of Appeals, captioned HCTec Partners, LLC v. Crawford, et […]

Peal Named a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation

Rob Peal recently received the designation of Fellow from the Nashville Bar Foundation. The Nashville Bar Foundation’s Fellows Program was established as a way for the bar to honor its colleagues who have contributed significantly to the community. Fellows are selected by their peers, and each class is limited to 2% of the bar in […]

O’Neill and Fox Receive NBA Awards

Michael O’Neill and Grace Fox recently received awards from the Nashville Bar Association. O’Neill received the NBA President’s Award. This award is given to individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary service, leadership, and dedication to the NBA. Specifically, O’Neill was recognized for his work on the NBA’s Notable Trial Court Opinion newsletter. Fox received the President’s […]

Super Lawyers recognizes Sims|Funk attorneys as top-rated in Nashville

Mid-South Super Lawyers has recognized several Sims|Funk attorneys in its list of top lawyers for 2021. Sam Funk and Scott Sims have been named to its top 50 lawyers in Nashville and its top 100 lawyers in Tennessee. Rob Peal has been named a Super Lawyer for 2021. Gil Schuette, Mark Donnell, Mark Lenihan, and […]