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Attorney Kazarosian practices in MA and NH in the state and federal courts, litigating civil rights, SEC Whistleblower and Retaliation, and domestic cases. She is the President of the Massachusetts Bar Association and past President of both Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys and Essex County Bar Association.
In 2014, Attorney Kazarosian was appointed by Governor Patrick to the Commission to Study Compensation for CPCS and ADA staff attorneys. She also serves on the Supreme Judicial Court’s Civil Working Group for the Superior Courts a well as the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Plaintiff’s Policy Task Force and Commission on Women in the Profession – Gender Equity Task Force. From 2012-2014, she served on the Supreme Judicial Court’s Access to Justice Commission Committee on the Bar Examination. Attorney Kazarosian has served as a Trustee of the MA Bar Foundation and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education.
In September 2011, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly publication identified Attorney Kazarosian as a "Top Woman in the Law" in the Commonwealth. Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly has also named her as one of Massachusetts' Top Ten Lawyers in 1999, noting that she obtained one of the ten highest jury verdicts in the Commonwealth that year. Attorney Kazarosian has achieved a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ of AV Preeminent 5.0.
Since 1983, Attorney Kazarosian has developed a wide range of expertise in the areas of SEC Whistleblower Retaliation, police excessive force/civil rights cases, discrimination, and family law 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 formidable litigator.
In addition to protecting the rights of women and minorities in membership-based club settings, Marsha continues to fight sexual harassment in the workplace. She has also defended clients accused of discrimination. In 2001, she succeeded in a landmark case defeating 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 litigated 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 three young defendants 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 also appeared in the Oxygen Network series Snapped on the episode about Pamela Smart. 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 also served a two year term as one of twenty-five lawyers in the Commonwealth 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.
Attorney Kazarosian is active in the continuing legal education for lawyers in both MA and NH, and has been a panel participant for the ABA, AAJ, MCLE, MBA, PESI, and MATA. She has addressed national organizations such as 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 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.
She is a graduate of Phillips Andover Academy, University of Massachusetts, and Suffolk Law School.
On January 1, 2014, Attorney Kazarosian formed the firm KAZAROSIAN COSTELLO & O'DONNELL LLP, with Walter A. Costello, Jr., of Salem, MA, and Kathleen M. O'Donnell of Lowell MA. Both attorneys Costello and O'Donnell are Super Lawyers as selected, and are past presidents of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. KAZAROSIAN COSTELLO & O'DONNELL LLP has three locations; Haverhill, Salem, and Lowell, Massachusetts.
Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2014
Top 50: 2013 Women Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Top 50: 2012 Women New England Super Lawyers
Top 50: 2012 Women Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Top 50: 2010 Women Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Top 50: 2010 Women New England Super Lawyers
Top 50: 2009 Women Massachusetts Super Lawyers
Admitted: 1982, Massachusetts
Professional Webpage: www.kcolaw.com/marsha.html
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