Jay Itkowitz

Partner at
Itkowitz PLLC

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Jay Itkowitz is a partner at Itkowitz PLLC, an AV-rated, boutique law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation and transactions that has been serving the real estate industry in New York City for over twenty years. Mr. Itkowitz is admitted to practice in New York State, the U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals 2d Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Itkowitz graduated from New York Law School with honors in 1977, where he published a note in the Law Review.

Mr. Itkowitz has cleared several buildings for major capital projects. Itkowitz PLLC was lead counsel, for example, in evicting tenants from Grand Central Station in the mid 1990's so that its historic renovation could be commenced. Other "de-leasing" projects include clearing: a building at 750 Lexington Avenue for Cohen Bros. Real Estate Corp.; the New York City headquarters of the Directors Guild of America, Inc.; the New York Coliseum for the Triborough Bridge And Tunnel Authority; and a building on 11th Avenue in Manhattan containing approximately 150 sub-tenants for Charles Benenson & Preston R. Tisch.

Mr. Itkowitz is also a managing partner of a number of residential and commercial real estate projects. He is currently building a regional company offering state-of-the-art office suites for attorneys and other professionals, which has just opened a new facility on the top floor of 305 Broadway, New York, New York. He is also currently constructing a condominium building in Brooklyn, New York.

Mr. Itkowitz has been an adjunct professor of legal writing at New York Law School and has authored many articles and given many lectures on real estate issues, including for Lorman Education Services, the Practicing Law Institute, the New York State Bar Association, and the Rent Stabilization Association. Mr. Itkowitz and Michelle Maratto Itkowitz authored a chapter on lease remedy clauses for the New York State Bar Association Commercial Leasing Manual.

Mr. Itkowitz, a former investigative journalist for newspapers in the New York Metropolitan Area, began his legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York and has clerked for a U.S. District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York and a Kings County Supreme Court Judge. Mr. Itkowitz specializes in complex trial work.

Mr. Itkowitz can be contacted at 646-822-1801 or at jitkowitz@itkowitz.com.

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