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Parna Mehrbani Talks Imposter Syndrome for Oregon District Attorneys
Tonkon Torp partner Parna Mehrbani was a panelist in the virtual forum, “Making the Case to Yourself: Identifying and Overcoming Imposter Syndrome,” held on December 18 by the Oregon District Attorneys Association.
Parna was joined by Oregon Department of Justice lawyer Melissa Chureau and Career and Executive Coach Susanne Aronowitz to explore how professionals in the legal system struggle with imposter syndrome. This common psychological pattern often affects high-performers, causing them to doubt their accomplishments or feel like a “fraud.” The panelists discussed details on how imposter syndrome manifests with a specific focus on: how it might arise in a DA’s practice. They reviewed strategies to gain confidence and move beyond the limitations of impostor syndrome as well as strategies for leaders to recognize when their colleagues may be experiencing challenges related to imposterism, and tips on how they can offer support. Parna also provided insight into how imposter syndrome intersects with the additional challenges and stressors facing underrepresented members of the legal community including women, people of color, and immigrants.
Parna is Co-Chair of Tonkon Torp's Information Privacy & Security Practice Group, and a partner in its Intellectual Property Practice Group. Her practice is focused on intellectual property, trademark and copyright registration, licensing, and enforcement, and advising on intellectual property portfolios for local, national, and international companies. She also advises businesses on the management and security of personal data and the laws that regulate the collection, use, and protection of personal data.