James Marino

“By taking the time to explain complex rules related to a client’s rent controlled and rent stabilized units, I assist landlords in making informed decisions that will bring long term benefits.”


Brooklyn Law School
Juris Doctor
Gettysburg College
Bachelor of Arts


New York State Courts

James is a Partner at Kucker Marino Winiarsky & Bittens, LLP, and a senior attorney whose practice areas include representing commercial and residential landlords in the City of New York. He specializes in rent control law, rent stabilization, residential real estate, and cooperative housing law. His expertise includes rent regulation, including rent overcharge and service complaints, as well as luxury deregulation and demolition applications. All of the proceedings are before the Division of Housing and Community Renewal (DHCR). He also handles court appeals against the DHCR. In addition, James oversees the Major Capital Improvement (MCI) rent increase application process for clients. He handles all administrative violation matters that the firm’s clients may face at the Environmental Control Board and the Department of Health.

Jim Marino joined Kucker Marino Winiarsky & Bittens, LLP in 1987 and has been a partner since 1993. For more than two decades, he has been advising landlords on New York City regulatory laws. Jim handles hundreds of rent overcharge and service complaints, luxury deregulation, demolition and Major Capital Improvement (MCI) rent increase applications. Jim also regularly handles administrative violation matters before State Agencies.

Jim regularly advocates for landlords in the five boroughs of New York before the DHCR, Environmental Control Board, Department of Health and Department of Housing Preservation and Development. Landlords also benefit from Jim’s extensive leasing experience, which includes commercial and residential space. Further, he is able to organize and manage the due diligence lease reviews often required for real estate financing transactions.

Jim is a regular contributor to the publication Landlord v. Tenant, has conducted lectures at the Rent Stabilization Association, the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) and has been an instructor at New York University’s Real Estate Institute, conducting a course entitled “Rent Control/Rent Stabilization: Procedures and Forms.” Jim was also an instructor in the HPD’s Housing Education series for property owners, conducting a course titled: “Introduction to DHCR.”