|Marsha V. Kazarosian, ESQ.
Admitted in MA (1982) and NH (1990).
Concentrates in Personal Injury, Divorce and Family Law, and Discrimination Law.
Currently President-Elect of the Massachusetts Bar Association, Marsha V. Kazarosian, has been named by Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top lawyers in Massachusetts for the sixth consecutive year. She has been identified as one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in MA and New England, one of the top 100 Lawyers in MA, and a Super Lawyer in both Family Law and Personal Injury Litigation by Law & Politics. In 2006, she was the Massachusetts Super Lawyers magazine’s cover story, featuring her career biography and her climb to national recognition.
Attorney Kazarosian has been selected for the Top Women Attorneys in Massachusetts list being featured in the April 2013 issue of Boston magazine based on her inclusion in the 2012 Super Lawyers® list (Super Lawyers is a registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.).
In September 2011, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly publication identified Attorney Kazarosian as a “Top Woman in the Law” in the Commonwealth, and named her as one of Massachusetts' Top Ten lawyers, noting that she obtained one of the ten highest jury verdicts in the Commonwealth in 1999. Attorney Kazarosian has also achieved a Martindale Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent. Over the past two decades she 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, and police excessive force/civil rights litigation in the Federal Court. Since 1983, Attorney Kazarosian has developed a wide range of expertise in the areas of discrimination and harassment, divorce and family law, and criminal and civil litigation. She is an experienced mediator and conciliator in the Superior, Probate and District Courts dealing with such issues as contract disputes, personal injury, and lender liability.
In 1999, Attorney Kazarosian and her associate, Janet E. Dutcher, Esquire, successfully sued the Haverhill Golf and Country Club for gender discrimination. This was the first case of its kind to go to trial in the country, winning a multi-million dollar verdict. As a result of much 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 for gender discrimination in a country club/membership based setting. Attorney Kazarosian continues to fight against gender discrimination and has affirmed her stature as a leading litigator in discrimination cases.
In addition to protecting the rights of women and minorities in membership-based club settings, Marsha continues to fight sexual harassment in the workplace. She has also defended clients accused of discrimination. In 2001, she defeated claims of disability discrimination against the manager of a racquetball club who was sued under the Americans with Disabilities Act in the case of Kuketz v. Petronelli.
Attorney 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 three young defendants in the Pamela Smart murder case. Thereafter, she filed suit on behalf of all the boys in an innovative civil action against the Winnacunnet High School for negligent supervision of Pamela Smart. 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. Attorney Kazarosian also appeared in the Oxygen Network series Snapped on the episode about Pamela Smart. It has also been the subject of an episode of American Justice.
Attorney Kazarosian is past President of the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys (MATA). Most recently she was elected a Vice President of the Massachusetts Bar Association, and Chairs its Education Committee. She also Co-Chaired the MBA’s Centennial Celebration held in June, 2011. In June, 2002, she became the second female President in the history of the Essex County Bar Association, the oldest bar association in the nation. She has also served a two year term as one of twenty-five lawyers in the Commonwealth appointed to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court's Pro Bono Panel, and a six year term as a Hearings Committee Officer for the Massachusetts Board of Bar Overseers.
In April 2005, Marsha debuted as the host of her own internet radio program called The Power of Attorney with Marsha Kazarosian on the Legal Talk Network, in which she and her guests discuss relevant legal issues as they unfold in our everyday lives. The shows are available for listening and downloading at The Power Of Attorney With Marsha Kazarosian.
She has taught many courses in continuing legal education to attorneys in MA, NH and nationally for The American Association for Justice, (formerly ATLA).
Attorney Kazarosian has frequently spoken at various organizational events, both nationally and within the MA and NH communities, including the 15th Annual NCWP Leadership Training Conference 2010, Feminist 2000 National Convention in Baltimore, MD, the Hye Achievers for the 21st Century, and the 11th Annual Armenian Bar Association meeting held in Washington, D.C.
In addition to the time that she invests in the community and bar associations, Attorney Kazarosian also shares her commitment to youth and the law by acting as a Mock Trial Judge for high school, college, and law school students for Boston University, Boston College, Suffolk University, and the MBA's High School Mock Trial Competitions. In addition she has been the keynote speaker to graduating Criminal Justice Students at Northern Essex Community College and Haverhill High School.
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 entitled "Cause of Action Against Private Clubs or Associations for Sex Based Discrimination," (West Publishing Co. 2002). Her articles include, but are not limited to, "Where's the Risk," where she discusses insurer fraud and the New Orleans disaster, and "Whatever Happened to the Right to a Fair Trial," published in the Boston Business Journal.
- United States District Court, District of Massachusetts (June 1992)
- United States District Court, District of New Hampshire (December 1990)
- New Hampshire Bar (October 1990)
- United States Supreme Court Bar (May 1986)
- Massachusetts Bar (June 1982)
Appointments and committees for Marsha include -
- Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys, Past President (2006-2007), Board of Governors
- Massachusetts Bar Association, President-Elect (2013), Secretary (2010-2011) and
Vice President (2008-2009 and 2011-2012)
- Massachusetts Bar Association, Current and prior appointments include Executive Management Board, Joint Committee on Judicial Appointments, Essex County Delegate, Family Law Section Council, MBA and ABA Nominating Committees, Probate Law Section Council, Civil Litigation Section Council, Access to Justice, etc.
- Anti-Crime Summit Committee (2005)
- Governor, New England Bar Association
- ABA Delegate Nominating Committee (2006)
- Corporator of Pentucket Five Cents Savings Bank (1992 to Present)
- Massachusetts Bar Foundation, Life Fellow (1993 to Present)
- Board of Editors, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly (2005-2006)
- Essex County Bar Association, President (2002-2004)
- Vice President (2000-2002)
- Treasurer (1998-2000)
- Secretary (1996-1998)
- Northern Essex Community College Foundation, Board Member (2003)
- SJC Pro Bono Committee (2000-2002)
- The Board of Bar Overseers, Hearings Committee (1993 to 1999)
- Essex County Superior Court, Conciliator (1993 to 1999)
- CJA Panel, U.S. District Court, District of NH (1991 to 1997)
- Essex Country Bar Advocates, Mentor and & CLE Faculty Member (1992 to 1997)
- Committee for Public Counsel Service (CPCS) Appeals Advocate, Commonwealth of Massachusetts (1992 to 1998)
- Superior Court Advocates, Essex Country Bar Advocates (1992 to 1997)
- Bar Advocate, Essex Country Bar Advocates (1982 to 1992)
- Pro Bono Information- SJC Pro Bono Committee (2000-2002)
Janet E. Dutcher, ESQ.
Admitted in MA (1986), CA (1986) and NH (2009).
Specializes in Civil Litigation, Discrimination, Divorce and Family Law, Employment Law and Personal Injury.
Attorney Janet E. Dutcher is a Senior Associate and has been practicing with Kazarosian Law Offices since 1988. She graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnical Institute in NY with a Bachelors of Science in 1982 and received her Juris Doctorate from Whittier College of Law in California in 1985. Her practice areas include civil litigation, discrimination, divorce and family law, employment law and personal injury. In addition to practicing in Massachusetts, Attorney Dutcher is also admitted to the California and New Hampshire Bars and has extensive trial and litigation experience in Superior, Probate and District Courts. She is also on the Board of Directors of the Essex County Bar Association.
In 1999, Attorney Dutcher, along with Attorney Marsha Kazarosian, successfully sued the Haverhill Golf and Country Club for gender discrimination. This was the first case of its kind to go to trial in the country, winning a multi-million dollar verdict. As a result of much 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 for gender discrimination in a country club/membership based setting.
Linda M. Little, ESQ.
Admitted in MA (1986) and NH (1986).
Specializes in Estate Planning, Wills and Trusts, Estates and Probate, Real Estate, and Taxation.
Attorney Linda M. Little is a Senior Associate and has been practicing with Kazarosian Law Offices since 1987. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1975, graduated with Highest Distinction and was a member of Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities and the Beta Gamma Scholarship Society. Attorney Little continued her education with an MBA degree in 1977 from Oral Roberts University in Oklahoma and received her Juris Doctorate in 1984 from the University of Houston College School of Law. She graduated Cum Laude and received the Corpus Juris Secundum Award and the Hornbook Student Award.
Attorney Little is also a former Certified Public Accountant in Ohio and Texas. She specializes in probate and estate administration, estate planning, real estate and income taxes. In addition to her work in the firm, she is a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the Massachusetts Association of Trial Attorneys. She is also a member of the Finance Committee and the Treasurer Assist of the Haverhill Alliance Church in Haverhill, MA, and a member of the Board of Noah’s Ark Early Childhood and Education Center in Haverhill.
Marc A. Moccia, ESQ.
Admitted in MA (2011)
Concentrates in Civil Litigation, Divorce and Family Law, and Criminal Defense.
Attorney Marc A. Moccia joined the firm as an Associate in 2011. He graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst on the Dean’s list with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2007, and received his Juris Doctorate graduating cum laude from Suffolk University School of Law in 2011. While at Suffolk, he received the Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Law and was a member of the academic fraternity, Phi Delta Phi. He also served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Michael J. Coyne at the Boston Municipal Court.
Since his admission to the Massachusetts Bar, Attorney Moccia served on the Massachusetts Bar Association’s prestigious Task Force on the Law, Economy, and Underemployment, contributing to the Task Force’s 2012 Report entitled “Beginning the Conversation”, that explored the causes of and solutions for underemployment of law student graduates; a report that has received national recognition since its release in May, 2012.
Since joining the firm in November, 2011, his practice currently includes civil litigation, criminal defense, and divorce and family law.