Marsha V. Kazarosian

Top rated civil rights attorney in Haverhill, Massachusetts

Kazarosian Costello LLP
Marsha V. Kazarosian
Kazarosian Costello LLP

Practice Areas: Civil rights, Personal injury, Family law; view more

Licensed in Massachusetts since: 1982

Education: Suffolk University Law School

Languages Spoken: Armenian, English

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2022

Kazarosian Costello LLP

546 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830 Visit website


Attorney Marsha V. Kazarosian is a partner with the Kazarosian Costello LLP law firm, with offices in Haverhill and Salem, Massachusetts. A highly accomplished, award-winning attorney, Ms. Kazarosian has earned national recognition as one of the top trial attorneys in the country, and she has achieved considerable success advocating on behalf of clients throughout Massachusetts and New Hampshire who have legal needs involving any of the following and more:

·       Personal Injury Litigation

·       Civil Rights/Police Excessive Force Litigation

·       Divorce and Family Law Litigation

Ms. Kazarosian has significant experience handling matters involving gender and disability discrimination, police misconduct and other civil rights violations, and general civil litigation.  She also serves as a private mediator in personal injury, civil rights, domestic relations, and general civil litigation matters.

Throughout the course of her legal career, Ms. Kazarosian has established herself as a leader in her legal community, and currently serves on the inaugural Massachusetts Peace Officers Standards and Training (POST) Commission established in December 2020. She sits on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers and the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Advisory Committee for Clerks of the Courts and is recognized in Best Lawyers in America and in Boston Magazine's inaugural 2021 Best Lawyers edition. In 2016, Governor Charlie Baker appointed Attorney Kazarosian to the Special Nominating Commission for the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. She has been inducted into Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Circle of Excellence and has received the Women in the Law Award twice. In 2020, Massachusetts Bar Association presented Atty. Kazarosian with its prestigious Gold Medal Award.

Attorney Kazarosian has contributed written materials and lectured extensively at continuing legal education courses on a variety of topics generally relating to trial and litigation practice.  She has also routinely appeared on local and national news outlets to provide in-depth commentary on various legal subjects. She has served as counsel on a number of high-profile criminal cases that inspired two movies and several television programs and thrust Ms. Kazarosian into the national spotlight.

Honored for her outstanding professionalism and service, in addition to the recognition above, Attorney Kazarosian has received numerous additional awards and honors from her peers, including an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell and consistent designation from The Best Lawyers in America and recognition as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts. In 2006 Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine featured her in a cover story in 2006. She is also rated Superb, 10 out of 10, on on Avvo for personal injury and divorce.

Ms. Kazarosian received her Juris Doctor from Suffolk University Law School, and she holds her license to practice in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts and the District of New Hampshire as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Civil rights, Personal injury - general: plaintiff, Family law, General litigation

Focus areas

Americans with disabilities act, Police misconduct, Race discrimination, Discrimination, Motor vehicle accidents, Personal injury - plaintiff, Wrongful death, Litigation

  • 30% Civil rights
  • 30% Personal injury - general: plaintiff
  • 20% Family law
  • 20% General litigation

First Admitted: 1982, Massachusetts

Professional Webpage:

  • Top Woman in the Law
  • The MBA's Gold Medal Award is reserved for individuals who have provided outstanding legal services that have benefited the legal profession in Massachusetts. , Gold Medal Award, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2020
  • Top Ten Verdicts in MA, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 1999
  • Top Women Lawyers in Massachusetts, Boston Magazine, 2013
  • Top Women In The Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2011
  • 10.0 Superb Rating, 10.0 Superb rating from, AVVO, 2019
  • AV Preeminent, AV® Preeminent™ , Martindale-Hubbell®, 2019
  • Circle of Excellence, Circle of Excellence, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 2017
  • Top Ten Lawyers in Massachusetts, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, 1999
  • Boston's Best Lawyers, LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®, 2012
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine’s cover story, Showcased, The Power of Attorney, Super Lawyers, 2006
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA), Past President
  • Appointed as a Commissioner to the Massachusetts inaugural Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission by Attorney General Maura Healey. , 2021
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, 2018
  • Essex County Bar Association, President
  • Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, 2019
  • Supreme Judicial Court Superior Court Civil Working Group, 2015
  • 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
  • Massachusetts Bar Association, (MBA) Delegate to the ABA, 2013, 2019
  • National Council of Bar Presidents Program Committee, 2014
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Advisory Committee for Clerks of the Courts, 2019
  • Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Trustee, 2015
  • American Bar Association Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section Plaintiff's Policy Task Force, 2015
  • UMASS Amherst Campus Council, 2019
  • President, Massachusetts Bar Association, 2015
  • American Bar Association Gender Equity Task Force, 2015
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker, 11th Annual Armenian Bar Association meeting held in Washington, D.C.
  • Faculty Presenter, Faculty Presenter, Jury Voir Dire - NH, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Legal, 2015
  • Faculty Presenter, Faculty Presenter, Courtroom Presence, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Legal, 2018
  • Faculty Presenter - Plaintiff's Attorney, Faculty Presenter, Civil Trial Advocacy Basics Plus, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Legal, 2015
  • Faculty and Critique, Faculty , Civil Trial Advocacy Basics Plus, Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, Legal, 2017
  • Lecture about and demonstration of a closing argument, Presenter, Trial Advocacy Skills, Massachusetts Bar Association, Legal, 2019
  • Keynote speaker, North Shore Community College's graduating Criminal Justice students and Haverhill Bar Association's Annual Law Day Celebration
  • Author, "Where's the Risk,", nsurer fraud and the New Orleans disaster
  • "Whatever Happened to the Right to a Fair Trial," published in the Boston Business Journal
  • Author, Cause of Action Against Private Club or Association for Sex Based Discrimination, West Publishing Co. 2002, 2002
  • 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
  • Family Law Trial Advocacy Skills, Faculty, Family Law Trial Advocacy Workshop, MCLE
  • 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
  • Faculty MCLE panel  - Trying Your First Case in the District Court, Faculty Member, Practical Skills Seminar, MCLE
  • Speaker, The American Association for Justice
  • Speaker, The 15th Annual NCWP Leadership Training Conference, 2010
  • Speaker, Feminist 2000 National Convention in Baltimore
  • Speaker, MD
  • Speaker, The Hye Achievers for the 21st Century
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Suffolk University's outreach campaign
  • Mock Trial Judge, Boston College
  • Mock Trial Judge, ABA
  • SJC's Access, Justice Commission Committee
  • Mock Trial Judge, Boston University
  • Mock Trial Judge, AAJ
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Pro Bono Panel
  • Mock Trial Judge, Suffolk University
Educational Background:
  • University of Massachusetts, Amherst  BA English, 1978
  • Phillips Academy, Andover, MA, 1974
  • Suffolk University Law School, JD, 1982
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 to Massachusetts Bar, 1982
  • Admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, 1986
  • $1.175 million personal injuries suffered by pedestrian hit by automobile, 2019
  • Borne, et al. v. Haverhill Golf and Country Club, Inc.
  • $280,000 Whistleblower retaliation, 2014
  • $750,000 police misconduct, 2016
  • $3.215 million personal injuries suffered as a result of auto/truck collision., 2019
  • $3 million for loss of consortium - auto/truck collision, 2017
  • $1.25 million personal injuries in motorcycle collision, 2017
Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Plaintiffs, Civil Rights Law, and Employment Law, Individuals , 2020
  • Boston Magazine Best Lawyers, 2021
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2021
  • Best Law Firms in America -Tier 1- Personal Injury Plaintiffs, 2020
  • Best Law Firms in America - Tier 1 Plaintiff Personal Injury, 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America - Personal Injury Plaintiff, 2019

Office location for Marsha V. Kazarosian

546 Main Street
Haverhill, MA 01830

Phone: 978-791-3467

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