Old Dominion Freight Line Inc. announced that Walt Metz joined the company’s legal department as vice president and assistant general counsel.

A 29-year veteran in legal affairs, Metz’s experience includes counseling both privately and publicly held companies as well as clients represented by private practices. At Old Dominion, his immediate responsibilities will include oversight of liability claims and providing strategic legal counsel to the entire organization. Over time, he will become more involved in all aspects of the general counsel responsibility.

Prior to joining Old Dominion, Metz spent five years directing legal affairs as the general counsel and secretary for Americold Realty Trust and Americold Logistics LLC, a provider of temperature controlled food distribution and logistics services. He has also held positions in the legal departments of Sears Holdings Roebuck Company and Werner Enterprises Inc. Metz’s career also includes experience with commercial litigation and general practice at two Omaha, Neb., firms.

‘We are pleased to welcome Walt to the Old Dominion family,’ said David Congdon, president and CEO of Old Dominion. ‘His track record of providing exemplary legal counsel to trucking and logistics companies will make him a great addition to our team. We look forward to his guidance for years to come.’