Women's Leadership InitiativeQ&A with Noor Bahhur

Noor Bahhur is an associate in the firm's Corporate Department. She focuses her practice on intellectual property, privacy and data security.

Describe a pivotal moment that influenced your career path.

The most pivotal moment that made me want to practice law was during a high school career fair. Our high school hosted a career fair for the juniors and seniors at the school and brought in local alumni to talk about their experiences and careers. I sat through about 10 different presentations and heard careers ranging from engineer to teacher and nothing seemed to really interest me. Finally, it was one of the last presentations of the day and we had someone come in and talk about her job as a lawyer. She explained her specific practice to the students and what her life was like as a lawyer. I remember the passion she had that a lot of the other presenters seemed to be lacking and knew that this was a career that I wanted to pursue. I followed up with her after the presentation to talk more about her career and after talking to her and getting more information about her practice, I made a decision then that I was going to go to law school and become a lawyer

What was the single most important thing that made you want to focus in your practice area?

While in undergrad, I was Vice President of the Advertising and Marketing Club at Cleveland State University. We would participate in annual competitions and be able to create a marketing campaign from scratch for powerhouse names like Mary Kay Cosmetics and Pizza Hut. I got to create case studies, surveys, and come up with marketing campaigns for these name brands and slowly began my exposure into trademarks and copyrights. It was one of the best experiences of my life. By working on these campaigns, I learned basic information on intellectual property because these ideas, if selected, could have been a part of a national campaign for these companies. My ideas could have been in commercials and in ads and so for those reasons, our team took extra caution in making sure we were not infringing on any other company slogans, taglines, etc. After working on these campaigns, I knew that intellectual property was the area of law that I wanted to practice in and I am so fortunate to be currently working in a practice area that I love.

How has your life experience made you the leader you are today?

From a young age I’ve always tried to take a leadership position in some form or manner and that is true to this day. Whether it was giving my younger cousins instructions on how to behave or being a senator for my school’s Student Bar Association, I have always wanted to be involved in decisions that were being made. I would run for every position while in school; I believe held some form of a leadership position from 6th grade all the way until I graduated law school. Even now at Porter Wright, I still try to be active in my ability to lead by volunteering to take responsibility on a project or to represent the firm in a presentation. From my school experience to my work experience, I saw what I have been able to accomplish if I took responsibility for an idea or concept and turned it into something substantive. One of my favorite sayings is: “If it may affect you; get involved.” I have lived my life by that mantra and apply it to every aspect of my life, whether it be my personal life or my professional life.

Tell us about your favorite thing to do outside of work.

One of my favorite things to do outside of work is photography. Because of my marketing background, I enjoy taking pictures whether it’s of nature, food, or at an event that I’m attending. I have a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud so whenever I take some pictures, I love to sit at home with a cup of tea and edit the pictures in Photoshop or Lightroom. I love the creativity behind editing pictures so a lot of the time the pictures that I originally take and the edited version look completely different from each other.

What is the last book you read?

The last book I read is titled” The Seven Necessary Sins for Women and Girls” by Mona Eltahawy, an inspiring book that encourages women and girls to harness their power to fight the structure that allows women to be marginalized.