Marsha Kazarosian

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Marsha V. Kazarosian
Born (1956-03-24) March 24, 1956 (age 68)
Alma materU. Mass at Amherst
Suffolk Law School in Boston
Years active30+
Parent(s)Paul Kazarosian
Margaret Kazarosian
Awards2016 Circle of Excellence[1]
Best Lawyers in America[2][3]
 · Personal Injury
 · Family Law
 · Civil Rights[4]

Super Lawyers (2006-present)[5][6][7]

Marsha V. Kazarosian (Armenian: Մարշա Ղազարոսյան) is an American attorney in Haverhill, Massachusetts notable for handling high-profile cases in the New England area. Her handling of a gender discrimination case involving a country club brought her national recognition.[8][9] She represented one of the teenaged defendants in the 1990 murder of a young husband by his wife Pamela Smart, who conspired with her teenaged lover to murder her husband for insurance money;[10] the story became the basis of the movie To Die For starring Nicole Kidman, and the television movie Murder in New Hampshire starring Helen Hunt. Her legal skill was the subject of a cover story entitled The Power of Marsha Kazarosian in a publication geared to the legal community.[11][12]

Joe Biden, then a U.S. senator from Delaware met with Kazarosian on March 24, 2006 at the Massachusetts Bar Association's Annual Gala in March. Biden was the keynote speaker for the event.

Kazarosian's law practice focuses on civil litigation,[13][14] family law,[14][15][16][13] discrimination[11][17][4] personal injury,[14] police brutality,[14] gender discrimination,[9][18][19] ethics in government,[20] rape victims,[21] sexual harassment,[22][23] police misconduct,[24] insurance issues,[25] and general litigation.[26][27][28][29][30] She has often appeared on local television discussing legal matters.[31][32]

Kazarosian is the daughter of the late Armenian American lawyer Paul Kazarosian, and both of her parents were children of survivors of the 1915 Armenian genocide.[33] Since the age of four, Marsha wanted to be a lawyer like her father. She graduated from Phillips Academy in 1974, the University of Massachusetts Amherst in 1978, and earned a J.D.[34] degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1982.[11]

In 1996, women members of the Haverhill Golf and Country Club were dissatisfied with its treatment of women regarding membership, tee time availability, and membership wait lists; Marsha Kazarosian represented them.[9] It became a high-profile case reported in the national media in which opposing lawyers described her as a "barracuda attorney" according to Sports Illustrated.[8] Kazarosian described how female club members felt excluded by the male-dominated club:

It's like an old high school football team that grew up together and moved to the country club. If you cross them, you're blacklisted...

— Marsha Kazarosian, in Sports Illustrated, in 1998[8]

Kazarosian earned a $3.9 million financial judgment for the women plaintiffs, and the judgment was upheld by a state appeals court which reviewed the case.[35] According to the New York Times, it was the first instance in which a state's public accommodations law was upheld by a state appeals court when applied to discrimination at a country club.[35] In addition, Kazarosian has been an active leader in bar associations at the county and state levels.[11][12] Her firm has offices in Haverhill and Salem.[13]

Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly listed her as a top lawyer in New England,[11][36] and she has been identified as a top Massachusetts attorney in the publication Super Lawyers for every year since 2006.[26][37][6][7] In 2014, she was president of the Massachusetts Bar Association.[13][36] Kazarosian serves on the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers, and she was appointed by the governor to serve on the Special Judicial Nominating Commission for the state's Supreme Judicial Court. In addition, she served on the campus council of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In 2021, she was appointed to serve as one of the two attorneys on the nine-member Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, an advisory group brought into existence in 2020 by a Massachusetts police reform law.[38]


  1. ^ Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Top Women of Law, Retrieved October 28, 2016, "...Marsha V. Kazarosian, Kazarosian Costello LLP..."
  2. ^ Haverhill Gazette, October 10, 2019, The Lamp Post, Retrieved October 25, 2019, "...Haverhill attorneys Marsha Kazarosian ... have earned rankings in the 2020 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America."
  3. ^ Best Lawyers in America, 2022, Marsha V. Kazarosian, Retrieved August 19, 2021, "...Civil Rights Law; Employment Law - Individuals; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs..."
  4. ^ a b Eagle-Tribune, Bill Kirk and Jill Harmacinski, April 21, 2021, Local, state officials applaud Chauvin verdict, Retrieved April 30, 2021, "...'So many put their lives on the line to help people and protect them,' said Kazarosian, who is considered a civil rights and discrimination expert...."
  5. ^ Super Lawyers, MARSHA V. KAZAROSIAN, Retrieved June 13, 2019, "...Selected to Super Lawyers: 2006 - 2019..."
  6. ^ a b Super Lawyers, TOP 50: 2020 WOMEN MASSACHUSETTS SUPER LAWYERS LIST, Retrieved October 21, 2020, "...Marsha V. Kazarosian, Kazarosian Costello LLP..."
  7. ^ a b Super Lawyers, TOP 50: 2021 WOMEN MASSACHUSETTS SUPER LAWYERS LIST, Retrieved October 28, 2021, "Marsha Kazarosian ... Kazarosian Costello LLP"
  8. ^ a b c John Garrity (March 2, 1998). "Willing To Go It Alone: Women are often forced to pay a painful price for demanding equality at their country clubs". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  9. ^ a b c MARCIA CHAMBERS (April 4, 2001). "GOLF; The High Price of Victory". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  10. ^ CHRISTINE GARDNER (February 17, 1991). "Teacher allegedly had teen lover murder her husband". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  11. ^ a b c d e "Peers elect Kazarosian state bar secretary". The Haverhill Gazette. September 9, 2010. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  12. ^ a b "Haverhill News in Brief: City lawyer elected VP of state bar association". Eagle-Tribune. September 28, 2008. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  13. ^ a b c d Mary Moore, Sep 3, 2014, Boston Business Journal, New Mass Bar president is focused on making things easier for debt-saddled young lawyers, Retrieved Sept. 4, 2014, "...Kazarosian, who focuses on family law and civil rights in her general practice law office Kazarosian, Costello & O'Donnell, LLP. The firm has offices in Haverhill and Salem...."
  14. ^ a b c d, Advocating passionately for clients, Retrieved June 13, 2019
  15. ^ Stephanie Chelf (September 13, 2007). "Married couple blames city for damaged sexual relations". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  16. ^ Rosemary Ford (May 29, 2011). "Politics, power and infidelity: Why do they cheat?". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  17. ^ Staff writers (April 3, 2011). "Biz briefcase". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  18. ^ Stephanie Chelf (July 1, 2007). "Methuen finds itself on both sides of sexual harassment case". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  19. ^ Stephanie Chelf (August 5, 2007). "Both sides talk settlement in ex-solicitor's lawsuit". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  20. ^ Russell Contreras (March 4, 2007). "DPW e-mail, relationship under a lens". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  21. ^ Jill Harmacinski (October 5, 2011). "Ex cop's rape victim sues police, city". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  22. ^ Jill Harmacinski and Brian Messenger (October 4, 2011). "Methuen would pay $250K in sexual harassment settlement". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  23. ^ Jill Harmacinski (October 3, 2011). "Lariviere, Methuen settle sexual harassment case". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  24. ^ Jill Harmacinski (June 23, 2011). "Federal jury rejects brutality claim against fired Lawrence cop". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  25. ^ Leslie Gaydos and Melissa Simas Tyler, November 4, 2019, NBC10 Boston News, NBC10 Boston Responds: Under-Covered for Your Car? Couple’s Case Highlights Under-Insurance: In Massachusetts, if the person responsible for the crash has more auto insurance coverage than you do, meaning a higher financial limit, your under-insurance policy won't payout, a lawyer says, Retrieved December 19, 2019, "...Under-insurance ... explained Liability Attorney, Marsha Kazarosian...."
  26. ^ a b "Attorney Profile: Marsha V. Kazarosian". 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  27. ^ Yadira Betances (August 5, 2011). "City worker charged with making threats". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  28. ^ James A. Kimble (March 21, 2009). "Hampstead woman has long history of 'huffing'". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  29. ^ Jill Harmacinski (December 5, 2010). "Local agency fires CEO suffering from lung cancer". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  30. ^ Mark E. Vogler (March 27, 2007). "Police: Ex-city worker may have had help taking computer files". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  31. ^ "Haverhill community television program guide, Nov. 13 through 19". Haverhill Gazette. November 12, 2009. Retrieved 2012-03-23. ... Host Jay Cleary discusses litigation with attorney Marsha Kazarosian ...
  32. ^ Mark E. Vogler (April 13, 2007). "Police seek criminal hearing for two workers accused of stealing city records". Eagle-Tribune. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  33. ^ Tom Vartabedian (February 26, 2010). "Poor Tom's Almanac: Kazarosian set the bar high, but reached even higher". Haverhill Gazette. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  34. ^ "Marsha V. Kazarosian Profile | Haverhill, MA Lawyer |".
  35. ^ a b MARCIA CHAMBERS (June 17, 2003). "GOLF; Damages Are Due, Appeals Court Says". The New York Times. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  36. ^ a b Jennifer Rosinski, October 2008, Volume 16 Number 2, Massachusetts Bar Association, Lawyers Journal, MBA elects Marsha V. Kazarosian vice president for 2008-09 term, Retrieved June 13, 2019, Note: she was vice president of the Massachusetts Bar Association from 2008-2009
  37. ^ "Legal Services & Lawyers". Legal Information Institute. 2012-03-23. Retrieved 2012-03-23.
  38. ^ Jeremy C. Fox, April 1, 2021, The Boston Globe, Baker, Healey name 9 members to new Peace Officer Standards and Training Commission, Retrieved April 2, 2021, "...panel will create a mandatory process for the certification of officers, oversee investigations into misconduct, and have the power to revoke an officer's license for certain misconduct..."

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