Clyde E. (“Sonny”) Ellis, Jr. serves as the senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary of Parsons Corporation, an international engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm headquartered in Pasadena, California. The company has more than 10,500 employees and had revenues of $2.7 billion in 2010.
Sonny began his career with Parsons in 2005 as senior legal counsel for Parsons Transportation Group, one of Parsons’ global business units.
Prior to that, he was counsel for General Electric Company’s Transportation business, with legal responsibility for the division’s business activities in Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and the CIS states. In addition, he served as the division’s anti-boycott coordinator, export control coordinator and anti-money laundering coordinator.
During the previous twelve years, Sonny was an associate and then partner with the international law firm of Brian Cave LLP, where he specialized in corporate and international business transactions, technology transfers, and regulatory trade matters.
During part of that time, Sonny was the managing attorney of the firm’s Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, office.
Before that, Sonny was an associate at the St. Louis law firm of Peper, Martin, Jensen, Maichel & Hetlage.
Sonny earned his law degree at The American University in Washington, D.C., and a bachelor of arts degree at the University of Virginia.