Richard J. Cea, Esq. is a graduate of University of Notre Dame (’74), Fordham University School of Law (’77), The New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University, Labor Relations Studies Certificate (’95) and New York University School of Continuing and Professional Studies, Estate and Gift Tax Planning Certificate (’04). His areas of practice are Religious and Not-For Profit Corporations Law, Estate Planning, Trusts and Estates, Cemetery Law, Human Resource Law, and Contracts. He is a member of the New York State Bar Association, National Catholic Cemetery Conference, New York State Cemetery Association, and The Catholic Lawyers Guild (Director, Kings County Chapter, President, 1990). He has lectured at the National Catholic Cemetery Conference and is often a member of the New York State Cemetery Association’s legal panel. He was previously a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of St. Vincent De Paul of the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Belle Harbor Property Owners Association, Inc. (Vice President) 1987-1997 and Trans Video Communications, Inc. (Vice President) 1983-2007.He is General Counsel to several cemeteries, religious entities and charitable entities. He has also conducted extensive litigation over his career involving bench trials, jury trials and appeals. He is admitted to practice before the following Courts: New York State (’78); U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York (’79); U.S. District Court, Eastern District of New York (’82); United States Court of Appeals, Second Circuit (’99); and the U.S. Supreme Court (’84).
Mr. Cea received an AV Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and was also elected to New York Super Lawyers for the years 2013-2015 as well as 2018.