Kazarosian among Boston’s top-rated lawyers
Published: Tuesday June 05, 2012
Haverhill, Mass. - When it comes to the field of law, leave it to the Kazarosians to keep the family cycle intact.
First came the father Paul, who maintained a venerable practice for 53 years in the city and was considered by many to be the dean of lawyers in the Haverhill Bar Association.
He aptly handed over the reins to his daughter Marsha, now into her third decade as a successful attorney passionately advocating for clients affected by injury, abuse or oppression.
With much of her dad's skills, along with her own intuition, Marsha has built a national practice handling complex cases involving personal injury, police brutality, family law and civil litigation.
Joining the firm is her son, Marc Moccia, who appears to be a chip off his grandfather's block and certainly a mother's son who's bent on keeping the family heritage intact.
The latest issue of Boston's top-rated lawyers has the Kazarosians prominently listed among the best in the business --- a role Marsha and her staff has aptly personified.
Just last year, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly honored her as one of the "Top Women of Law." The publication also recognized her in 1999 as one of Massachusetts' top 10 lawyers, noting that she obtained one of the 10 highest jury verdicts in the Commonwealth that year.
In recognition of her skillful advocacy, Kazarosian has been recognized by the Massachusetts Super Lawyers annually since 2006.
To put it succinctly, success keeps knocking on this Armenian's door and she answers the call with fervor. Joining the practice are two other associates, Linda Little and Janet Dutcher.
"I think my dad would be very proud of the way this law firm has evolved, especially with his ‘little grandson' entering the business," said Marsha. "We are selective in the cases we accept because we want to be able to concentrate our energy and resources into getting the results our clients deserve."
When asked what sets her apart from others, her colleagues say that if she feels she can right a wrong, she's like "a dog with a bone."
"Maybe it's because I'm stubborn and not easily intimidated," Kazarosian says.
The list of Top Rated Lawyers was created by LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell, the company that has long set the standard for peer review ratings, sharing its list of local lawyers who have reached the highest levels of ethical standards and professional excellence.
Like her dad before her, Marsha has remained vibrant in the pursuit of truth and justice, often taking giant steps in meeting the needs of her clients with high-profiled representation.
Her handling of a gender discrimination case in 1999 involving Haverhill Golf & Country Club brought her national recognition. More importantly, it became a landmark case throughout the country in protecting the rights of women and minorities in membership-based club settings, affirming her stature as a leading litigator in discrimination suits.
Kazarosian 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. The story became the basis of a subsequent television movie starring Helen Hunt.
She also represented clients in a number of high-profile criminal cases, once defending a member of Hell's Angels Motorcycle Club in multiple federal criminal indictments.
Her legal skill was the subject of a cover story entitled "The Power of Marsha Kazarosian" in a publication geared toward the legal community.
Away from the office and courtroom, Kazarosian is a highly-calibrated racquetball player who, like her three sons, has held rank against some of the best players in the country. She shares her commitment to youth and the law by acting as a Mock Trial Judge for high school, college and law school students.
She is the daughter of Margaret Kazarosian, a retired music teacher in the city who has remained an advocate for many years with the local library.