Education

  • J.D., Vanderbilt University Law School
  • B.S., U.S. Naval Academy

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Selected Experience

  • Defense of a high profile, privately-held corporation in a federal criminal investigation related to an alleged conspiracy to defraud customers in excess of $50 million
  • Defense of numerous aviation component manufacturers in civil aircraft accidents with fatalities
  • Representation of a local, privately-held company in nationally-publicized employment crisis
  • Representation of a well-known country music entertainer in dispute over his contract with a recording label
  • Representation of an independent record label in contract dispute with former artist
  • Defense of a nationally recognized state university defending a Title IX lawsuit
  • Representation of a relator in a False Claims Act action that resulted in a multi-million-dollar settlement
  • Representation of two large home healthcare companies defending False Claims Act actions
  • Representation of high-profile defendants in state court criminal trials
  • Representation of a management employee in alleged embezzlement case with federal criminal and civil implications
  • Defense of a corporate officer in securities fraud litigation
  • Defense of insurance-steering actions on behalf of large, locally-owned auto body shop
  • Defense of $610,000 federal criminal wire-fraud and mail fraud criminal charges
  • Defense of numerous national airlines in contract disputes and injury cases
  • Defense of helicopter components manufacturers in product liability case arising out of two fatal accidents in Iraq
  • Representation of a prominent music group in contract dispute with its manager, both in federal district court and as an appellee before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Honors & Awards

  • Best Lawyers in America (Bet-The-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation, 2019-20)
  • Nashville Business Journal 2015 Veterans Award
  • Mid-South SuperLawyer (2019-20)
  • “AV” Rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Publications

  • Combatants Status Review Tribunals and the Unique Nature of the War on Terror, 58 Vand. L. Rev. 1629 (October 2005)

Professional Activities

  • Tennessee Bar Association Leadership Law Class of 2015
  • Harry Phillips American Inn of Court
  • U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association
  • Leadership Counsel on Legal Diversity
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Nashville Bar Association Chancery and Circuit Court Committee Co-Chair (2021)

Civic Activities

  • Economic Club of Nashville
  • Chenoweth HOA Board
  • Brentwood High School Athletic Booster Club
  • Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps (Retired)

Rob enjoys a diverse practice focused on complex litigation, and he handles both criminal defense and civil trials. Rob’s experience includes representing clients in breach of contract lawsuits, business torts, aviation-related litigation, entertainment litigation, white-collar criminal defense, False Claims Act defense and prosecution, products liability lawsuits, construction litigation, crisis management, and internal investigations. Before entering the civil practice of law, Rob served in the U.S. Marine Corps, first flying the F/A-18D as a flight officer, followed by service as a Judge Advocate senior prosecutor and law center director. While on duty, Rob deployed three times, serving in Operations Southern Watch, Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan), and Iraqi Freedom. Prior to joining Sims|Funk, Rob was a partner at a prominent, full-service Nashville law firm.

Rob graduated Order of the Coif from Vanderbilt Law School, where he was Associate Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review and served on the Moot Court Board. He obtained his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, earning a Bachelor of Science (with Merit) in Mechanical Engineering.

Recent News

Sims|Funk Lawyers Recognized as Best Lawyers

Sam Funk, Rob Peal, and Scott Sims have been selected by their peers for inclusion in the 28th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America©. Mark Donnell and Gil Schuette were selected by their peers for the 2nd Edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America. Funk was recognized for his work in Commercial […]

Funk and Sims Selected for NBJ Best of the Bar

Samuel Funk and W. Scott Sims have been selected for inclusion in the Nashville Business Journal 2021 Best of the Bar in the areas of Litigation and Dispute Resolution. Once nominated to Best of the Bar, lawyers are voted on by their peers with weight given to votes received from outside their firm.

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 […]