Marsha V. Kazarosian

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Civil Rights Attorney in Haverhill, MA

Kazarosian Costello LLP
 | 546 Main Street, Haverhill, MA 01830
Phone: 978-372-7758
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Civil Rights (40%),
  • General Litigation (30%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Family Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

With a passion for civil rights and justice, Marsha V. Kazarosian has made a name for herself in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire as a successful litigator in the areas of police misconduct, discrimination, whistle-blower retaliation, civil litigation and criminal defense in the state and federal courts. During her more than 30 years as a trial attorney, Ms. Kazarosian has represented clients in numerous high-profile cases, including the precedent-setting multimillion-dollar gender discrimination verdict in the MA Superior Court against a prestigious country club in  Massachusetts and the defense of one of the boys charged with murder in the Pamela Smart murder case in New Hampshire.  Most recently, she was appointed by Governor Charlie Baker to serve as a Commissioner on the Special Judicial Nominating Commission for the Supreme Judicial Court.  She also serves on the SJC Committee on Ethical Opinions for Clerks of the Court.  She is a past president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, and the Essex County Bar Association.  As an undergraduate, Ms. Kazarosian studied English at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and received her bachelor's degree in 1978. A 1982 graduate of Suffolk University Law School Boston, Ms. Kazarosian was admitted to practice in Massachusetts the same year. She is also admitted to practice in the state of New Hampshire and before the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts and New Hampshire; the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.  Ms. Kazarosian lectures frequently at conferences and seminars throughout the U.S.  She joined her father, Paul Kazarosian, in their namesake firm, Kazarosian Law Offices in 1982 and thereafter partnered with long-time friend and colleague Walter A. Costello Jr. in 2014, forming Kazarosian Costello LLP. In addition to her accomplishment cited above, Ms. Kazarosian is a delegate to the American Bar Association, has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer review rating through Avvo.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Civil Rights (40%): Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination

General Litigation (30%): Litigation

Personal Injury - General (20%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Family Law (10%): Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law

Focus Areas

Civil Rights: Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Disability, Discrimination

General Litigation: Litigation

Personal Injury - General: Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Family Law: Alimony & Spousal Support, Child Support, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Domestic Violence, Prenuptial Agreements, Marital Property, Same Sex Family Law


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Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2016

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About Marsha Kazarosian

Admitted 1982, Massachusetts

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Honors and Awards:

  • Top Women Lawyers in Massachusetts, Boston Magazine, 2013
  • Boston's Best Lawyers, LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, 2012
  • Top Women In The Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2011
  • Top Ten Verdicts in MA, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 1999
  • Top Ten Lawyers in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 1999
  • 10.0 Superb rating from
  • The Power of Attorney with Marsha Kazarosian, the Legal Talk Network, 2005
  • MLW's Circle of Excellence
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine’s cover story, Showcased
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in New England
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers in MA
  • Super Lawyers by New England Super Lawyers Magazine, Since 2006
  • AV® Preeminent™ , Martindale-Hubbell®

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Admitted to practice in NH State and Federal Courts, 1990
  • Admitted to practice to US District Court for the District of MA, 1986
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 1986
  • Admitted to practice to Massachusetts Bar, 1982

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Appointed by Governor Charles Baker to a twelve member special Nominating Commission constituted by the Governor to facilitate the appointment of Justices to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, 2016
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals, May, 2015
  • Appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Advisory Committee for Clerks of the Courts, 2015
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Trustee, 2015
  • Supreme Judicial Court Superior Court Civil Working Group, 2015
  • American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Plaintiff's Policy Task Force, 2015
  • American Bar Association Gender Equity Task Force, 2015
  • President, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2015
  • National Council of Bar Presidents Program Committee, 2014
  • SJC Bar Exam Committee Appointee, 2012
  • Treasurer, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2012
  • Massachusetts Bar Foundation (MBF) Trustee, 2012
  • Vice President of Massachusetts Bar Association, 2011
  • Secretary, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2010
  • Vice President Massachusetts Bar Association, 2008
  • President, Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, 2006
  • President, Essex County Bar Association, June, 2002
  • United States District Court, District of Massachusetts, June, 1992
  • New Hampshire Bar, October, 1990
  • United States District Court, District of New Hampshire, December, 1990
  • United States Supreme Court Bar, May, 1986
  • Massachusetts Bar, June, 1982
  • President, American Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession - Gender Equity Task Force, 2014
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, Hearings Committee Officer
  • Appointed, UMASS Amherst's Chancellor Kuble R. Subbaswamy to serve on the Campus Council, 2016
  • ABA's Blue Ribbon Panel, Underfunded Courts with David Boies, counsel to Al Gore, and Theodore Olsen, former Solicitor General under President George W. Bush, 2012
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, (MBA) Delegate to the ABA, 2013
  • Appointed, Governor Deval Patrick to the Commission to Study Compensation of ADA's and CPCS Staff Attorneys, 2014

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Mock Trial Judge, ABA
  • Mock Trial Judge, AAJ
  • Mock Trial Judge, Suffolk University
  • Mock Trial Judge, Boston College
  • Mock Trial Judge, Boston University
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Pro Bono Panel
  • Suffolk University's outreach campaign
  • SJC's Access, Justice Commission Committee

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Participated as faculty member of panel providing practical skills and advice for less experienced lawyers as well as law students on the precipice of graduation and starting out in practice., Faculty Member, MCLE's 3rd Annual Pathways to Practice, MCLE, 2012
  • Author, Cause of Action Against Private Club or Association for Sex Based Discrimination, West Publishing Co. 2002, 2002
  • "Whatever Happened to the Right to a Fair Trial," published in the Boston Business Journal
  • Author, "Where's the Risk,", nsurer fraud and the New Orleans disaster
  • Keynote speaker, North Shore Community College's graduating Criminal Justice students and Haverhill Bar Association's Annual Law Day Celebration
  • Speaker, 11th Annual Armenian Bar Association meeting held in Washington, D.C.
  • Speaker, The Hye Achievers for the 21st Century
  • Speaker, MD
  • Speaker, Feminist 2000 National Convention in Baltimore
  • Speaker, The 15th Annual NCWP Leadership Training Conference, 2010
  • Speaker, The American Association for Justice
  • Family Law Trial Advocacy Skills, Faculty, Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop, MCLE
  • Faculty MCLE panel  - Trying Your First Case in the District Court, Faculty Member, Practical Skills Seminar, MCLE
  • Faculty- Trial Advocacy Skills and performed presentations of opening, closing, direct, cross, etc., for lawyers in one day trial skills course through MCLE, Faculty, Civil Trial Advocacy Basics Plus, MCLE

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Kuketz v. Petronelli
  • Borne, et al. v. Haverhill Golf and Country Club, Inc
  • Summary Judgment dismissal in favor of client/defendant charged with disability discrimination in Plymouth County.  Successfully defended appeal to the SJC.  SJC affirmed. 
  • Not guilty jury verdict for man charged with operating under the influence of alcohol, Newburyport MA
  • Not guilty jury verdict for woman charged with operating under the influence of alcohol and pills,  Newburyport, MA
  • $70,000 settlement for Plaintiff alleging excessive force against an individual police officer in Essex County.  
  • $306,000 settlement of slip and fall case.  Plaintiff fell while purchasing items from Defendant's place of business.  When in the walk-in cooler, he slipped on what appeared to be ice and water on the floor from a leak in the cooling system.  Matter settled prior to filing suit.  
  • $325,000 settlement for a Plaintiff city employee who alleged sexual harassment by her employer, the  city solicitor. 
  • 3.8 million dollar verdict (including interest and attorneys fees award) of gender discrimination and breach of covenant of good faith and fair dealing claims filed by nine plaintiffs against a golf and country club in Essex County.  Defendant appealed, lower court affirmed.  Defendant sought Further Appellate Review to SJC.  FAR denied. 
  • $262,000 settlement of gender discrimination and retaliation claims brought by female plaintiff member of a golf and country club in Norfolk County.  Plaintiff alleged that male applicants were offered membership in priority over her application.  Further, she alleged that once she complained to the President about what she perceived to be gender discrimination, she was retaliated against and banned from the club. 


  • Settlement Federal Court SEC Whistleblower Retaliation Claims


Educational Background:

  • Suffolk University Law School, JD, 1982
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst  BA English, 1978
  • Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, 1974
Office Location for Marsha V. Kazarosian

546 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

Phone: 978-372-7758


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Last Updated: 10/17/2016

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