Kathleen Massey
Chief of Research & Development and Board Member, The Tellier Foundation
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
email kathleenmmassey@gmail.com
phone 262-518-0400
I am a nationally recognized legal executive with a solid record of successfully implementing legal and business strategies. My Motorola litigation teams brought in more revenue in some quarters than Motorola's cell phone business. We recovered $1.1 billion from international collections actions arising out of breach of financing and supply agreements, with an internal rate of return of 20/1. I'm currently Chief of Research and Development and Board Member at a Milwaukee philanthropic foundation where I lead, manage and execute investment strategies.

Board Profile

I have 30 years of experience serving on municipal and non-profit boards. I'm currently the Chairman of the Mequon Board of Appeals where we hear appeals of any aggrieved person, officer, department, board or bureau of the City who is affected by any decision of an administrative officer.

Board Experience

Board Member, The Tellier Foundation, Milwaukee, WI  2019 to present

Chairman and Board Member, Board of Appeals for the City of Mequon, Mequon, WI 2015 to present

Steering Committee Member, Milwaukee Women, Inc., Milwaukee, WI  2015 to present

Board Member, The Womens’ Fund, Milwaukee, WI 2015-2017

Board of Trustees and Finance Committee Member, First United Methodist Church of Palatine, Palatine, IL 2001 to 2009

Board Member, Inverness on the Ponds-Single Family Condominium Association, Inverness, IL 2006 to 2008

Board Member, Special Needs Adoption Network, Milwaukee, WI 1990-1992

Professional Summary

The Tellier Foundation, Milwaukee, WI                                                             2015 to present

Chief of Research and Development and Board Member for a philanthropic foundation in Milwaukee, WI.  Leads, manages and executes investment strategies and assures alignment with Board of Director’s mission and direction.  Supports organization in evaluation of strategic business, non-profit and governmental partnerships and initiatives.

Johnson Controls, Inc., Milwaukee, WI                                                                2013 to 2014

Director of Litigation – North America for global diversified technology leader in building controls, lead-acid batteries, facilities management and automotive components.  Led Litigation Center of Excellence–North America, budget of $23 Million. Managed litigation, product safety, and environmental counsel, and all third-party claims administrators.  Legal counsel to Risk Management group.

Motorola Solutions, Inc. and Motorola, Inc., Schaumburg, IL                   1997 to 2012

Vice-President and Senior Litigation Counsel for global manufacturer of wireless and broadband communications technologies. Entrusted with Motorola’s highest priority, highest impact, and highest exposure disputes.  Managed insured litigation and claims. Legal counsel to Risk Management group.  Served in a consulting capacity in 2012.

A.O. Smith Corporation, Milwaukee, WI                                                              1992 to 1997

Assistant General Counsel for one of the world’s leading equipment manufacturers, then also having an automotive division.  Responsible for substantially all of the corporation’s litigation and outside counsel management.






I have a passion for helping those who believe in helping themselves but lack sufficient resources to do so. The Tellier Foundation has allowed me to take a leadership role in identifying and promoting groups that mentor and support youth in foster care. I believe that most problems have solutions and that the key to finding the solution is creating the right partnerships.



Functional Expertise


Business Accomplishments

Led global litigation collectively alleging +$5 billion in damages against the company, resulting in outright dismissal of most claims and confidential, worldwide settlement of remaining issues.

Facilitated sale of Iridium satellite constellation by negotiating de-orbit insurance contract with London aviation market on behalf of Motorola for $500M/satellite and later for buyer of constellation.

Led insurance arbitrations in London and Bermuda and related litigations over denied coverage, resulting in $200 million in recoveries.

Negotiated and drafted contract language for spin-off of Motorola’s cell phone business and semiconductor business.  Assessed impact of acquisition targets’ litigation and insurance portfolios.

Led development of GRiD MKE, a free downloadable phone app to assist youth aging out of foster care system.  First of its kind in Wisconsin.

Managed overall litigation strategies, from complaint to resolution, of numerous shareholder derivative actions and securities class actions ranging form $500 million to +$2 billion.  Allegations of improper accounting practices and controls, financial misstatements and misleading financial projections.

Reduced jury award in fraud action to 1/100th of the previous level by changing defense strategies.  Prior to overhaul of strategy, company had sustained a 20 year string of losses.