Education

  • J.D., Notre Dame Law School
  • M.Sc., London School of Economics and Political Science
  • B.A., Washington University in St. Louis

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Colorado

Selected Experience

  • Representation of owners, buyers, and sellers of commercial and residential real estate in contract and other property-related disputes
  • Representation of employers and employees in non-compete and trade secrets litigation
  • Representation of an independent sales organization in fraud and other business tort claims against former vendor
  • Defense of a publicly traded oil and gas company against antitrust claims, including price-fixing and bid rigging allegations
  • Defense of a plaintiff’s law firm against professional liability claim
  • Representation of a utility company in federal court against business tort claims
  • Representation of a federal inmate in Seventh Circuit appeal
  • Representation of a healthcare organization in internal investigation into alleged fraud and anti-kickback issues
  • Representation of a health system against claims by Federal Trade Commission relating to merger
  • Representation of an auto insurer in the defense of federal Multi-District Litigation proceeding by auto collision repair shops accusing eighty different auto insurers of conspiring to deflate repair costs

Honors & Awards

  • Colorado Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2019)
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2020)

Professional Activities

  • Nashville Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (Social Committee, 2019-2020)
  • Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum (Class of 2020)
  • Young Leaders Council (Class 74)

Civic Activities

  • Girls on the Run, Middle Tennessee (Board Member, 2020-present)

Grace represents clients in complex litigation matters in state and federal courts. She has experience in a wide range of business and commercial disputes, including breach of contract claims, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and other business tort claims, enforcement of non-competition agreements and theft of trade secrets claims, as well as shareholder and corporate governance disputes. She also has experience in internal and regulatory investigations, white-collar criminal defense, antitrust matters, professional malpractice defense, and insurance coverage matters. Grace’s experience prior to joining Sims|Funk included working in the Chicago office of the international law firm Winston & Strawn LLP.

Grace received her undergraduate degree with honors from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was a captain of the women’s tennis team. She holds a Master of Science degree in Philosophy and Public Policy with Merit Honors from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Following completion of her Masters, Grace graduated cum laude from Notre Dame Law School, where she was president of the Moot Court Appellate Board. After graduating from law school, Grace completed a fellowship in the Federal Litigation Unit of the National Immigrant Justice Center.

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.