Attorney Kazarosian to Speak at Men’s Club Dinner Meeting

On Mon. Oct. 6, Marsha Veron Kazarosian, Esq., the president of the Massachusetts Bar Association, will speak about “Lawyer/Client Relationships” at the dinner meeting of the St. James Armenian Church Men’s Club.


Kazarosian is a partner in the firm of Kazarosian Costello & O’Donnell, with offices in Haverhill, Salem, and Lowell, Mass. She has been named by Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the top lawyers in Massachusetts each year since 2006, and has been identified as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Massachusetts and New England. In 2006, she was featured in the cover story of Massachusetts Super Lawyers Magazine titled, “The Power of Marsha Kazarosian,” which highlighted her career biography and climb to national recognition.

Kazarosian enjoys a 5.0 AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and is rated 10.0 Superb by Most recently, Suffolk University featured her in its statewide campaign to exemplify the high standards of its degree programs and graduates.

A regular legal commentator for FOX 25 News in Boston, Kazarosian has provided legal commentary on a regular basis for numerous media outlets and publications. In 2011, she was selected by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (MLW) as a “Top Woman in the Law.” MLW also named her as one of Massachusetts’ Top Ten lawyers in 1999, noting that she obtained one of the 10 highest jury verdicts in the Commonwealth that year.

Over the past three decades, Kazarosian has built a national practice representing clients in high-profile media cases, making case law with precedent-setting issues in areas such as gender and disability discrimination, Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Retaliation, and police excessive force/civil rights litigation in the federal court. She is also an experienced mediator and conciliator, having conciliated or mediated such issues as contract disputes, personal injury, and lender liability in the superior, probate, and district courts.

In 1999, Kazarosian and her associate, Janet E. Dutcher, Esq., successfully sued a membership-based country club for gender discrimination. This was the first such case tried in the country, winning a multi-million dollar verdict. As a result of extensive 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.

In addition to protecting the rights of women and minorities, Kazarosian has also defended clients wrongfully accused of discrimination. In 2001, she defeated claims of disability

discrimination against the manager of a health club who was sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the case of Kuketz v. Petronelli.

Kazarosian has also 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 young boys charged in what has become known as the Pamela Smart murder case in New Hampshire. 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.” Kazarosian also appeared in the Oxygen Network series “Snapped,” and the murder case was the subject of an episode of “American Justice.”

Kazarosian is past president of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA) and the Essex County Bar Association. She is currently a delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) and serves on the ABA’s Gender Equality Task Force and Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section Plaintiff’s Policy Task Force. She is also a member of the National Council of Bar Presidents and serves on the Supreme Judicial Court’s Access to Justice Commission’s Committee on the Bar Examination, as well as the Massachusetts Trial Court’s Domestic Violence Education Task Force. A trustee of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation and Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education, she is also a member of the Federal Bar Association and serves on the Board of Editors of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly.

Kazarosian is an advocate of continuing legal education for lawyers and has participated in panels in both Massachusetts and New Hampshire and with such national organizations as the American Association for Justice (formerly ATLA) and the American Bar Association. 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 titled, “Cause of Action Against Private Clubs or Associations for Sex Based Discrimination” (West Publishing Co. 2002).

Kazarosian is an avid racquetball player, and an old movie buff. She has three children: Matthew P. Moccia and Marc A. Moccia, both of whom are attorneys in her firm, and Jeremy Moccia, a Berklee College of Music graduate working at Steinert & Sons in Boston.

The social hour starts with mezza at 6:15 p.m., followed by a complete kheyma and losh kebab dinner at 7 p.m. Admission is $14 per person. The dinner meeting will be at the St. James Armenian Church, Charles Mosesian Cultural and Youth Center – Keljik Hall, 465 Mount Auburn St., in Watertown. It is free and open to the public. Ladies are welcome.

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