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Walt Metz General Resume


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Walt Metz General Resume

  1. 1.  770.888.3720 |  waltmetz@live.com reside in Suwanee, GA.Open to domestic relocation and business travel.Walt Metz | Page 1 of 3G E N E R A L C O U N S E L , C O R P O R A T E S E C R E T A R Y & B U S I N E S S P A R T N E Rresolving complex legal issues while advising on transactions, regulatory compliance, litigation & business strategye x e c u t i v e s u m m a r yStrategic, forward-thinking in-house attorney and tactical leader with demonstrated ability to reduce legal, ethical,operational and financial risks for companies with ever-changing business priorities—integral to sustainable growth andfinancial health. Quick study of industries and corporate cultures, possessing talent for settling disputes between groupswith conflicting agendas. Held key seat on senior leadership teams, advised board and c-level decision makers on therealities and practicalities of diverse business operations and major strategic transactions affecting enterprise riskmanagement and P&L. Career highlights include establishing first-ever legal department during stellar 5-year tenure asGeneral Counsel for $800M warehousing/logistics company, facilitating $190M warehouse acquisition and coordinatinglegal functions for $1B bank refinancing and stock sale of company. Secured early dismissal of 2 high-profile class actionsand recovered $1M in legal claims for leading department store chain.c r i t i c a l s k i l l s e tp r o f e s s i o n a l e m p l o y m e n t h i s t o r yINDEPENDENT COUNSEL 2012 – PresentPrivate Legal ConsultancySought out by national transportation transactional law firm, transportation and supply chainbusinesses—Scudder Law Firm, Gordon Trucking, Inc. and WOW Logistics—to channel subjectmatter expertise and industry insight into positive legal outcomes. Served as legal resourceand contributor to legal journals on complicated regulatory changes and risk management.Continue consultancy activities while searching for next career challenge. (Complete list ofarticles provided on request). Provided valuable legal assistance during due diligence phase of merger transactionbetween 2 transportation companies. Facilitated closing of 3 large mortgage-backed loans for $600M transportation companyby reviewing and revising numerous complicated documents. Expedited transactions by providing complex contract reviews and advice for largewarehousing and logistics company.VICE PRESIDENT AND ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL 2011Old Dominion Freight LineRecruited by $1.9B motor carrier to relocate out of state and transition into GC role, pendingretirement of 20-year incumbent. Resolved myriad accident cases and employment claims,managed litigation and expedited contracts before returning to home state based on transitionprogression and geographic and family considerations. General Litigation Management  M&A/Post-Merger Integrations  Employment/HR Law Strategic Planning  Complex Transaction Negotiations  Commercial/Contract Law Legal Division Startups/Leadership  Dispute Resolution  Transportation/Warehousing Law Corporate Governance  Patent Litigation Management  Real Estate Transactions Risk Management/Insurance  General Law Practice  Financing TransactionsGeneral counsel, secretary, vice president, compliance, litigation,mergers and acquisitions, employment, contracts, negotiations, generalbusiness legal issues, commercial legal matters, commercial litigation,trucking, transportation, logistics, supply chain, real estate, strategic,tactical, proactive, innovative, workers compensation, risk management,team player, board room stature, leader, strategic partner, corporatematters, senior management, M&A, loan agreements, finance,mortgages, acquisitions, divestitures, due diligence, manage outsidecounsel, policies and procedures, warehousing, suits, claims, solutions,laws, regulations, indemnity, corporate governance, legal advice,executive management, advice board, risks, benefits, administer,agreements, non-disclosure, vendor agreements, human resources,EEOC, ADEA, ADA, indemnity, minutes, equal opportunity, legislation, in-house, commercial transactions, budget, financings, Board materials,legal affairs, employment litigation, accidents, chief legal advisor,organizational documents, insurance coverage, investigations, DOT,FMCSA, hos, hours of service, agencies, lawsuits, commercial disputes,government affairs, intellectual property, IP, software agreements, majortransactions, legal staff, executive management, leadership, law firm,organization, communication, interpersonal skills, business judgment,contract requirements, collaboration, Juris Doctor, temperaturecontrolled, distribution, legal services, legal generalist, law school, statebarNOTES
  2. 2. Walt Metz | Page 2 of 3VICE PRESIDENT AND ASSISTANT GENERAL COUNSEL (continued) 2011Old Dominion Freight Line Negotiated indemnity agreement for defense of industry-wide allegations in patentinfringement suit. Positioned NASDAQ exchange-listed company for success in raising equity capital byspearheading due diligence response and revisions to related transactional documentsduring at-the-market (ATM) public stock offering initiative.“I worked opposite Walt Metz on a public offering by his client, where…[he] was the leadin-house attorney for the issuer. Walt was tireless in his efforts to negotiate the bestpossible terms for his client...diligent, resourceful and tenacious when making,supporting and defending his clients point of view…his ability to separate the importantfrom the unimportant streamlined numerous issues, which was critical in a fast-movingprocess…maintained a rigorous sense of value, insisting on a process and result thatrespected both quality and cost.”—Attorney, Scudder Law FirmVICE PRESIDENT, GENERAL COUNSEL AND SECRETARY 2005 – 2010Americold Realty Trust/AmeriCold Logistics, LLCAdvised leadership and board of $800M temperature controlled warehousing and logisticscompany during critical growth planning period. Created legal department to negotiateoperating company contracts and expedite financial, commercial and real estate transactionswhile managing litigation defense and prosecution. Empowered management across 6 keyfunctional departments with general practice legal counsel before change in companyownership and ensuing leadership restructure. Supervised legal functions for $1B REIT loan agreement involving 4 mortgage-backed loanpools for warehousing business and coordinated post-closing reporting and proceduralchanges. Ensured efficacy and quality of transactional documents in warehousing contextby overcoming bank resistance to format changes. Fast-tracked $190M acquisition of multiple facilities by overseeing due diligence, contractnegotiations and closing. Cultivated customer relationships while successfully transitioningpeople, systems and processes as lead on post acquisition integration. Proved instrumental in improving corporate liquidity and growth by directing contractreviews and internal due diligence in launch of revolving credit facility and stockacquisition of parent company. Preserved important customer relationships by resolving contract issues. Improved interdepartmental workflow with rollout of document management system. Surmounted risk management and operational issues by formulating and benchmarkinglegal structure with wraparound services agreement for warehouse operations, logisticsbrokerage and small truck carrier."…I have met and worked with a number of good lawyers, but only a few that have thecombination of legal skills and business sense that Walt possesses.”—former CFO, AMCSENIOR COUNSEL 2002 – 2005Sears, Roebuck & Co.Capitalized on litigation skill to realize winning outcomes in diverse litigation—complex,commercial, business practice, high-exposure construction, patent and environmentallitigation. Successfully defended against personal injury cases, product liability claims, contractdisputes, consumer class action suits, California Section 17200 cases, dealer/franchise claimsand ADA access claims. Figured prominently in steering positive direction in important lawsuitsand enforced Patriot Act compliance as project lead. Influenced early dismissal of 2 high-visibility class action suits against Sears subsidiarieswith defense strategy development and execution. Positioned company to reclaim $1M by making claim under contract exclusivity clause.NOTESNOTESNOTES
  3. 3. Walt Metz | Page 3 of 3SENIOR COUNSEL (continued) 2002 – 2005Sears, Roebuck & Co. Realized positive outcome of high-profile eCommerce patent infringement suit as steeringcommittee leader for 11-member joint representative defense group. Strengthened bonds between primary casualty insurer and 4 corporate litigation groups.SENIOR COUNSEL 1995 – 2002Werner Enterprises, Inc.Brought on board by billion-dollar global transportation provider as attorney to supervisenationwide defense of large-exposure trucking and transportation litigation. Solved countlesslegal issues for risk department and claims committee while guiding c-level leaders throughcomplexities of self-insured liability, workers’ compensation and standard insurance policies. Improved defense strategy of workers’ compensation claims by arguing company positionand lobbying for legislative and regulatory reform before state legislative andadministrative agencies. Enriched company insurance program with special policy endorsements. Transformed liability claims handling process, resulting in improved reporting capabilitiesand productivity of claims adjustors as well as reduced claims adjustment times. Cut costs by instituting budget system to provide compliance and transparency of fees foroutside legal advisors. Accelerated liability assessment capabilities on pending lawsuits by revamping caseevaluation and reporting procedures that armed outside defense counsel and Werner withnecessary tools for quicker information gathering and analysis.e a r l i e r c a r e e r h i s t o r yPRINCIPAL Schmid, Mooney & Frederick, P.C.PARTNER Brown & BrownPARTNER Metz & Metze d u c a t i o n a n d a f f i l i a t i o n s J.D., University of Nebraska - Lincoln, College of Law B.A. (with High Distinction), University of Nebraska - Lincoln, College of Arts & Sciences, Phi Beta Kappa Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC): Continuing Legal Education Speaker; National Litigation Committee, Chairof Committee of the Year; Leadership Development Institute Advisory Board; Initiated Diversity Pipeline Project atSears, in conjunction with ACC and The Street. West Group Corporate Advisory Council Nebraska State Bar Association: Judiciary Committee; Judicial Procedure Committee. Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA): Continuing Legal Education Speaker and News Updates Contributor,Author in The Transportation Lawyer quarterly legal journal.c o n t a c t 770.888.3720 |  waltmetz@live.com reside in Suwanee, GA. Open to domestic relocation and business travel.NOTES