Richard J. Cea

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Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Brooklyn, NY

Wingate, Kearney & Cullen
 | 45 Main St, Suite 1020
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Phone: 718-852-5900
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2015, 2018
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate
Attorney Profile

Richard J. Cea is a partner at Brooklyn, New York-based Wingate, Kearney & Cullen, LLP. With nearly four decades of experience, he provides advice and counsel to clients around the state in a number of complex legal areas. Among the matters in which individuals and organizations seek his guidance are banking and lending, cemetery law, not-for-profit law, business transactions and disputes, family law, estate planning, elder law and asset protection, and real estate.

In 1974, Mr. Cea graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Arts in government and international relations. He then attended Fordham University School of Law and was awarded his Juris Doctor in 1977. Mr. Cea also holds certificates in labor relations studies from the Cornell University Industrial and Labor Relations School and in estate and gift tax planning from the New York University School of Professional Studies. Admitted to practice in New York, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. Highly regarded by his fellow professionals, Mr. Cea has received an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.

Mr. Cea is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Catholic Cemetery Conference, the New York State Association of Cemeteries and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of Brooklyn. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul in the Diocese of Brooklyn. Mr. Cea is often asked to deliver presentations to professional groups on topics related to his practice areas.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
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Estate Planning & Probate (100%)


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Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2015, 2018

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About Richard Cea

Admitted: 1978, New York

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Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit, 1999
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York, 1982
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York, 1979
  • New York State, 1978
  • Trans Video Communications, Inc., Vice President, 1983-2007
  • Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, Inc., Former Board of Directors
  • Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, Inc., Vice President, 1987-1997
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild, Director, Kings County Chapter, President, 1990
  • New York State Bar Association, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Society of St. Vincent De Paul of the Diocese of Brooklyn, Member of the Board of Directors
  • New York State Cemetery Association, Member
  • National Catholic Cemetery Conference, Member

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter, New York State Cemetery Association's legal panel
  • Lectured, National Catholic Cemetery Conference

Educational Background:

  • New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Estate and Gift Tax Planning Certificate, 2004
  • Labor Relations Studies Certificate, 1995
  • University of Notre Dame, 1974
  • The New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University
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Office Location for Richard J. Cea

45 Main St
Suite 1020
Brooklyn, NY 11201

Phone: 718-852-5900


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Last Updated: 4/2/2018

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