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Michelle Maratto Itkowitz

Michelle Maratto Itkowitz

Michelle Maratto Itkowitz

26 Broadway
21st Floor
New York, New York 10004
(646) 822-1805
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Practice Areas, Teaching and Publishing

Michelle Maratto Itkowitz is the owner of Itkowitz PLLC. She practices real estate litigation. Michelle has over twenty years of experience, and is best known for her work in the area of commercial and complex-residential landlord and tenant law in the City of New York. Michelle’s core competencies include: Rent Stabilization and Rent Control, the Loft Law, SRO Law, Yellowstone injunctions, tenant buyouts, clearing buildings so that construction projects can go forward, and Rent Stabilization Due Diligence. She also is very experienced in general commercial litigation. See our Our Stories section to get an idea of the breadth of Michelle's work.

Michelle publishes and speaks frequently on legal issues in real estate. The groups that Michelle has written for and/or presented to include:

  • The Columbia Society of Real Estate Appraisers
  • LandlordsNY
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Rossedale CLE
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • The New York State Bar Association, Real Property Section, Commercial Leasing Committee
  • Thompson Reuters
  • The Cooperator
  • The New York State Bar Association CLE Publications
  • The TerraCRG Brooklyn Real Estate Summits
  • The Association of the Bar of the City of New York
  • BisNow

Michelle regularly creates and shares original and useful content on real estate and law, including booklets, videos, and articles. She is frequently quoted in the press on a variety of real estate and legal issues. As the “Legal Expert” for, the first social platform exclusively for landlords and property managers, Michelle answers members' questions, guest blogs, and teaches. Michelle recently developed a seven-part, eight-hour continuing legal education curriculum for entitled "New York Landlord and Tenant Litigation". Over 16,000 lawyers have purchased Michelle's and Jay’s earlier CLE classes from, and the programs have met with the highest reviews. Jay and Michelle are currently co-authoring a chapter on lease remedy clauses for the New York State Bar Association, Real Property Section, Commercial Leasing Committee.

Bar Admissions, Education, Early Career

Michelle is admitted to practice in New York State and the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1989 from Union College, and a Juris Doctor in 1992 from Brooklyn Law School. She began her legal career at Cullen & Dykman.

Legal Project Management

Michelle is a pioneer of Legal Project Management, a system by which project management principles are imposed upon the practice of law. Michelle writes and speaks a lot about Legal Project Management. Ask Michelle about our alternative legal fee options! (This is her favorite topic.)

Professional Associations

  • New York State Bar Association - Real Property Law Section and Commercial and Federal Litigation Section
  • Gotham City Network - New York City Real Estate Chapter
  • Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce
  • LandlordsNY – “Legal Expert”

Real Estate Career and Philanthropy

In addition to being the managing partner of Itkowitz PLLC, Michelle is also a managing member of an executive office suite company in New York City. Michelle has been honored by the Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyer's Project.

Follow Michelle

There are many ways to keep up with Michelle. Subscribe to Michelle’s email list, and receive her popular, in-depth monthly articles on all aspects of landlord and tenant law in New York City. Follow Michelle on Twitter! - When Michelle tweets, which is not an obnoxious amount, she does so in an easy to understand manner about useful stuff regarding real estate, business, the legal industry, and organic herb gardening. And you can always see where Michelle is speaking next on the home page of the site. Finally, don’t miss an episode of L&Tea Time with Michelle, for actionable ten-minute bits of information for the real estate industry. Feel free to contact Michelle; she would be happy to speak to you.