PASADENA, CA (October 2, 2017) – Clyde E. “Sonny” Ellis, Jr., who has served as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Secretary of Parsons since 2008, has announced plans to retire in 2018. Effective October 2, 2017, Michael R. “Mike” Kolloway will succeed Mr. Ellis who will transition to the role of Chief Legal Advisor, supporting specific corporate activities.
“For more than 10 years, Sonny has served Parsons as a consummate strategic advisor and has been a driving force behind our standing as a global leader in defining and advancing the standards of ethical business practices,” said Chuck Harrington, Parsons’ Chairman and CEO. “I am grateful for his professionalism and dedication and thank him for his leadership, as well as for his good judgment and wise counsel.”
Mr. Kolloway currently serves as Vice President & Deputy General Counsel – Americas, of Parsons. He has more than 30 years of legal experience, focusing on litigation, employment disputes, ethics and compliance, and transactional reviews. Prior to joining Parsons in 2016, he served as Senior Corporate Vice President/Assistant General Counsel for Operations and Risk Management at a global engineering firm where during his 15-year tenure he also reported directly to the Chief Executive Officer and fulfilled responsibilities of the acting General Counsel. Before that, he was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Rock, Fusco and Garvey and was a member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois.
“Mike has a wealth of knowledge and experience working on legal matters, and his background spans a broad spectrum of areas,” said Harrington. “He is a well-respected and recognized leader in our industry, and we’re pleased that he has agreed to continue contributing to the growth and success of our corporation as our General Counsel.”
Mr. Kolloway holds a juris doctorate degree from the University of Illinois College of Law. He serves on the In-House Counsel Subcommittee of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association. Mr. Kolloway has also coauthored chapters in two books on effective engineering contracting practices, and he often speaks at industry and professional conferences. He will be based in Parsons’ Pasadena, CA, corporate headquarters.Parsons is a technology-driven engineering services firm with more than 70 years of experience in the engineering, construction, technical, and professional services industries. The corporation is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on infrastructure, defense, security, and construction. Parsons delivers design/design-build, program/construction management, systems design/engineering, cyber/converged security, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. For more about Parsons, please visit www.parsons.com, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube.