Haverhill resident Marsha V. Kazarosian has been elected secretary of the Massachusetts Bar Association for its 2010-11 centennial year, beginning on Sept. 1. Kazarosian is managing partner of Kazarosian Law Offices in Haverhill, where she concentrates in civil litigation, family law and discrimination.
In honor of its 100th anniversary, the MBA will be celebrating a century of service to the public, the profession and the rule of law throughout its 2010-11 association year.
Long active in bar associations across the state, Kazarosian is a past president of the Essex County Bar Association and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. A co-chairwoman of the MBA's Education Committee, Kazarosian has served on 10 association committees and sections, including the Access to Justice, Civil Litigation, Family Law and Probate Law section councils.
An MBA vice president from 2008 to 2009, Kazarosian has also served on the MBA's Executive Management Board, House of Delegates, Joint Bar Committee on Judicial Nominations, Nominating Committee and Gala Dinner Committee. In addition, she is a Life Fellow of the Massachusetts Bar Foundation.
An accomplished trial lawyer, she was named one of the top 10 lawyers in the state in 1999 by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly after successfully suing the Haverhill Golf and Country Club for gender discrimination.
Since 2006, when Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine chose Kazarosian for its cover story titled, "The Power of Marsha Kazarosian," she has been identified as one of the top woman lawyers in Massachusetts and New England.
Kazarosian also served a two-year term as one of 25 lawyers in the commonwealth appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Courts Pro Bono Panel and a six-year term as a Hearings Committee Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers. In 2005, Kazarosian debuted as the host of her own weekly internet radio program on the Legal Talk Network, in which she discusses relevant legal issues.
Active in the community, Kazarosian is a corporator of the Pentucket Five Cents Savings Bank and was a member of the Essex County 150th Anniversary Committee. She has also served as a board member of the Northern Essex Community College Foundation.
Kazarosian received her Bachelor's degree from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 1978 and went on to earn her law degree from Suffolk University Law School in 1982. She is a graduate of Phillips Academy in Andover.
Alongside Kazarosian, the other 2010-11 MBA officers include: Denise Squillante, president, Fall River; Richard P. Campbell, president-elect, Boston; Douglas K. Sheff, vice president, Boston; Jeffrey N. Catalano, vice president, Boston; and Robert L. Holloway Jr., treasurer, Peabody.