Education

  • J.D., Belmont University College of Law
  • B.B.A., Belmont University

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

Clerkship

  • Hon. Jeffrey Bivens, Tennessee Supreme Court

Publications

  • Katz-Calls: Application of Fourth Amendment Protection to Police Use of Smartphone Emergency Functionality, BELMONT LAW REVIEW JOURNAL (2018 ed.)

Professional Activities

  • St. Philip Pro Bono Legal Clinic

As a staff attorney for Sims|Funk, Ryan assists in the representation of clients in business litigation matters in state and federal courts and before other tribunals. His practice involves a wide variety of matters, including breach of contract, business torts, governance disputes, business “divorces,” trade secret/non-compete claims, real estate and construction litigation and regulatory matters.

Before practicing law, Ryan worked for eight years in the music industry, handling royalty and licensing administration on behalf of music publishers and record labels.

Prior to joining Sims|Funk, Ryan served as a law clerk for Chief Justice Jeffrey Bivins of the Tennessee Supreme Court. Ryan graduated magna cum laude from Belmont University College of Law, where he was the recipient of the Bruin Scholarship and served as a Submissions Editor of the Belmont Law Review. Ryan received his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from Belmont University, with an emphasis in Music Business and Production.

Recent News

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 […]

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 […]