Wingate, Kearney & Cullen, LLP was formed under the name Wingate & Cullen in 1864. Its founding partner was General George Wingate, a Civil War general. In 1996, it merged with Hurley, Kearny & Lane which was itself was founded in 1892. The newly merged firm became known as Wingate, Kearney & Cullen. The Firm was general counsel to the Brooklyn Dodgers, personal counsel to Charles Ebbetts, counsel to the Long Island Railroad, and counsel to many land developers. The Firm has produced three Surrogates, two former Surrogates in Kings County and one former Surrogate in Nassau County. The Firm continues to be involved with issues that help form Brooklyn and Queens to this day.