Education

  • J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law
  • B.S., Penn State University

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Clerkship

  • Hon. Pamela L. Reeves, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee

Selected Experience

  • Representation of government contractor in an antitrust and business tort action in connection with its procurement of $100+ million-dollar contract
  • Appellate representation of one of the largest law firms in the U.S. in eight-figure legal malpractice action
  • Defense of international petroleum products wholesaler in indemnity and contract litigation with national general merchandise retailer
  • Representation of prime contractors and subcontractors in mechanics lien and Prompt Pay Act matters
  • Advised business owners in the manufacturing, technology, and entertainment industries through ownership disputes and business divorce litigation
  • Representation of clients in Lanham Act and trademark litigation
  • Advised established tech startup in disputes with a competitor due to commercial disparagement and false representations contained in comparative advertising materials
  • Representation of individual and business property owners and tenants in various lease and sale disputes
  • Defense of property devisees in Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Underground Storage Tank Act enforcement action
  • Defense of communications services company in a Telephone Consumer Protection Act class action
  • Representation of residential contractor in commercial general liability insurance coverage action and related fraud and professional negligence action against insurance brokerage
  • Pro bono representation of indigent inmate in Sixth Circuit appeal of habeas matter

Publications

  • Anatomy of a Chapter 11 Case: The Friendly’s Ice Cream Bankruptcy, 28 No. 1 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. NL Art. 4 (2019)

Professional Activities

  • Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Community Outreach Committee, 2022–Present)
  • Knoxville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Nashville Navigators (Volunteer)
  • Midtown Fellowship Church (Member)

Evan represents clients in complex business litigation matters in state and federal courts.  His practice involves a wide range of matters, including business and commercial disputes, construction matters, real estate disputes, antitrust and business tort claims, contract disputes, attorney discipline matters, insurance coverage disputes, white collar criminal matters, and more.

Prior to joining Sims|Funk, Evan served as a law clerk for Chief Judge Pamela L. Reeves of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.  Evan graduated summa cum laude from the University of Tennessee College of Law, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif.  He also served as an Executive Editor of the Tennessee Law Review, President of the Christian Legal Society, and received numerous awards, including the Chancellor’s Citation for Extraordinary Professional Promise.  Evan received his undergraduate degree in Finance from the Penn State Smeal College of Business, with minors in Economics and the Legal Environment of Business.

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 […]