Parsons appoints Michael R Kolloway as new general counsel

Michael R Kolloway will replace Clyde E ‘Sonny’ Ellis, Jr, who has announced plans to retire from his position as Parsons’ general counsel in 2018

Michael R Mike Kolloway (above) has been named as Parsons new general counsel.
Michael R Mike Kolloway (above) has been named as Parsons new general counsel.

Parsons has appointed Michael R ‘Mike’ Kolloway as its new general counsel.

Kolloway will replace Clyde E ‘Sonny’ Ellis, Jr, who plans to retire from the role in 2018.

Ellis has served as the US-headquartered consultancy’s senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary since 2008. He will remain at Parsons in the capacity of chief legal advisor, supporting specific corporate responsibilities.

Commenting on Ellis’s decision to retire from his position as general counsel, Chuck Harrington, chairman and chief executive officer of Parsons, said: “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.

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“I am grateful for his professionalism and dedication, and thank him for his leadership, as well as for his good judgement and wise counsel.”

In his most recent role, Kolloway served as Parsons’ vice president and deputy general counsel for the Americas. He boasts more than 30 years of legal experience in fields such as litigation, employment disputes, ethics and compliance, and transactional reviews.

Prior to joining Parsons in 2016, Kolloway spent 15 years at Aecom, where he served as senior corporate vice president and assistant general counsel for operations, and also worked as acting general counsel. He has also worked for Chicago-based law firm, 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 recognised 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.”

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, and has also co-authored chapters in two books on effective engineering contracting practices.

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