Location: Haverhill, Massachusetts
Phone: 978 372-7758 Ext. 121
Fax: 978 372-9299
Admitted in MA (1982) and NH (1990), US District Court for MA and NH, First Circuit Court of Appeals, and US Supreme Court.
Concentrating in Civil Rights Litigation, Personal Injury and Divorce and Family Law.
Immediate past President of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Marsha V. Kazarosian has been named by Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top lawyers in Massachusetts each year since 2006. She has been identified as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in MA and New England, and a Super Lawyer in both Family Law and Personal Injury Litigation by Law & Politics. In 2006, she was showcased as Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine’s cover story, featuring her career biography and her climb to national recognition. Attorney Kazarosian has a 10.0 Superb rating from AVVO.com and a Martindale Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent.
In January 2016, Governor Baker appointed Attorney Kazarosian as a Commissioner on the twelve member special Nominating Commission constituted by the Governor to facilitate the appointment of Justices to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. In 2015, Attorney Kazarosian was appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Advisory Committee for Clerks of the Courts. She also sits on the Superior Court Civil Working Group. In 2014, Attorney Kazarosian was appointed by Governor Deval Patrick to the Commission to Study Compensation of ADA's and CPCS Staff Attorneys, and also served on the SJC Access to Justice Commission Committee on the Bar Exam.
In 2014, Attorney Kazarosian was appointed by the President of the American Bar Association to serve on the ABA's Commission on Women in the Profession - Gender Equity Task Force. She also serves on the ABA's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Plaintiffs' Policy Task Force. She has served as an Massachusetts Bar Association (MBA) Delegate to the ABA since 2013.
In September 2011, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly publication identified Attorney Kazarosian as a “Top Woman in the Law” in the Commonwealth. She was also named by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 1999 as one of Massachusetts' Top Ten lawyers, noting that she obtained one of the ten highest jury verdicts in the Commonwealth that year. Over the past two decades she has built a national practice representing clients in high profile media cases, making case law on precedent-setting issues in areas such as gender and disability discrimination and police excessive force/civil rights litigation in the Federal Court. Since 1983, Attorney Kazarosian has developed a wide range of expertise in the areas of SEC Whistleblower Retaliation, discrimination, divorce and family law, and general civil litigation. She is an experienced mediator and conciliator in the Superior, Probate and District Courts dealing with such issues as contract disputes, personal injury, and lender liability.
In 1999, Attorney Kazarosian and her associate, Janet E. Dutcher, Esquire, successfully sued the Haverhill Golf and Country Club for gender discrimination. This was the first case of its kind to go to trial in the country, winning a multi-million dollar verdict. As a result of much post-trial litigation and appeals that reached the highest court in the Commonwealth, their victory in Borne, et al. v. Haverhill Golf and Country Club, Inc., became a landmark case in the nation for gender discrimination in a country club/membership based setting. Attorney Kazarosian continues to fight against gender discrimination and has affirmed her stature as a leading litigator in discrimination cases.
In addition to protecting the rights of women and minorities in membership-based club settings, Attorney Kazarosian continues to fight discrimination and sexual harassment in the workplace. In 2001, she defeated claims of disability discrimination against the manager of a racquetball club who was sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the case of Kuketz v. Petronelli.
Attorney Kazarosian has been involved in a number of high profile criminal cases, including one in which she defended a member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club in multiple federal criminal indictments. In 1990, she represented one of the four young boys charged with murder in the Pamela Smart murder case. Thereafter, she filed suit on behalf of all the boys in an innovative civil action against the Winnacunnet High School for negligent supervision of Pamela Smart. The national attention of the murder case inspired tremendous media coverage including two movies; one with Helen Hunt entitled Murder in New Hampshire, the Pamela Smart Case, and one with Nicole Kidman entitled To Die For. Attorney Kazarosian has twice appeared on the Oxygen Network series Snapped relating to the Pamela Smart murder case. It has also been the subject of an episode of American Justice.
Attorney Kazarosian is past President of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA). In June, 2002, she became the second female President in the history of the Essex County Bar Association, the oldest bar association in the nation. She has served a two year term as one of twenty-five lawyers in the Commonwealth first appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Pro Bono Panel, and a six year term as a Hearings Committee Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.
A frequent legal commentator for WBZ radio, Fox News, and other media outlets, Attorney Kazarosian debuted as the host of her own internet radio program called The Power of Attorney with Marsha Kazarosian on the Legal Talk Network in 2005, in which she and her guests discuss relevant legal issues as they unfold in our everyday lives. The shows are available for listening and downloading at The Power Of Attorney With Marsha Kazarosian.
Attorney Kazarosian is active in the continuing legal education for lawyers in both MA and NH, and teaches courses in for MCLE, MBA, and MATA. She has also spoken for national organizations such as The American Association for Justice, (formerly ATLA), the 15th Annual NCWP Leadership Training Conference 2010, Feminist 2000 National Convention in Baltimore, MD, the Hye Achievers for the 21st Century, and the 11th Annual Armenian Bar Association meeting held in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the time that she invests in the community and in bar associations, Attorney Kazarosian shares her commitment to youth and the law by serving regularly as a Mock Trial Judge for high school, college, and law school students for Boston University, Boston College, Suffolk University, AAJ, ABA, and the MBA's High School Mock Trial Competitions. She has been the keynote speaker at the graduation ceremonies for North Shore Community College's graduating Criminal Justice students and also for the Haverhill Bar Association's Annual Law Day Celebration.
She has authored several articles and legal treatises for West Publishing, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE), MATA, and others, including a treatise for West's Causes of Action series entitled "Cause of Action Against Private Clubs or Associations for Sex Based Discrimination," (West Publishing Co. 2002). Her articles include, but are not limited to, "Where's the Risk," where she discusses insurer fraud and the New Orleans disaster, and "Whatever Happened to the Right to a Fair Trial," published in the Boston Business Journal.
- United States District Court, District of Massachusetts (June 1992)
- United States District Court, District of New Hampshire (December 1990)
- First Circuit Court of Appeals (May 2015)
- New Hampshire Bar (October 1990)
- United States Supreme Court Bar (May 1986)
- Massachusetts Bar (June 1982)