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

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee


  • Hon. Jeffrey Bivens, Tennessee Supreme Court


  • 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

Fox Selected for NBA Leadership Forum

Grace Fox has been selected to participate in the Nashville Bar Association’s Leadership Forum, which “provides a select group . . . of attorneys . . . with a unique setting to develop leadership skills through monthly workshops and activities focusing on local legal and community issues.”

Fox Selected for Young Leaders Council

Grace Fox has been selected to participate in the Spring 2020 class for the Young Leaders Council. YLC trains professionals between the ages of 25-40 to serve on the boards of nonprofit organizations. The training is followed by a one-year internship with a community agency, serving as a non-voting member of a working board. Sam […]

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.

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

Mid-South Super Lawyers has recognized Scott Sims, Sam Funk and Rob Peal in its list of top lawyers for 2020. Additionally, Gil Schuette, Mark Donnell, Mark Lenihan and Grace Fox have been named “Rising Stars.” Super Lawyers is an exclusive list of top-rated attorneys who are selected after thorough evaluation of numerous criteria, including peer […]

Nashville Business Journal Recognizes Funk and Sims as 2020 Best of the Bar

Sam Funk and Scott Sims have been selected for inclusion in the Nashville Business Journal’s 2020 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.