Carolyn E. Henel

Top rated estate planning & probate attorney in Oakland, California

Roisman Henel + Adams LLP
Carolyn E. Henel
Roisman Henel + Adams LLP

Practice Areas: Estate planning & probate; view more

Licensed in California since: 1996

Education: University of Virginia School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Roisman Henel + Adams LLP

1999 Harrison Street
Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612 Visit website


As a named partner at Roisman Henel + Adams LLP, Carolyn E. Henel handles trust administration along with estate planning in the Oakland area as a certified specialist accredited by The State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization. This often involves assisting beneficiaries, grantors, executors and trustees with charitable giving, family business planning and the probate process. She also helps with preparing estate tax returns, administering estate distribution and administering irrevocable and revocable trusts.

After receiving a B.A. from Yale University, Ms. Henel earned her law degree from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996. She has more than 20 years of experience in the legal profession and has been a partner at her own firm since 2002. Worth magazine named her as one of the “The Top 100 Attorneys in the United States” who assists wealthy families. Ms. Henel has a superb rating of 10.0 through Avvo in the categories of estate planning, trusts and probate. She also has the highest rating of AV Preeminent* through Martindale Hubbell, and she has maintained this ranking for more than 15 years.

In her free time, Ms. Henel serves on the board for the Volunteer Legal Services Corporation of the Alameda County Bar Association. She also belongs to the East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers group and The State Bar of California in the Trusts and Estates Section. She also speaks before professional groups about estates and trusts and is a contributing author to Continuing Education of the Bar in California.

*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

Estate planning & probate

Focus areas

Estate planning, Living wills, Power of attorney, Probate & estate administration, Trusts, Wills

  • 100% Estate planning & probate

First Admitted: 1996, California

Professional Webpage:

  • The Top 100 Attorneys in the United States” attending to affluent families by Worth Magazine in 2006 and 2007
  • Northern California Super Lawyers list every year since 2004
  • “AV” preeminent ranking from Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Northern California Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers list in 2007, 2010, and 2011
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) Board of Directors
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a Specialist in Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Law
Educational Background:
  • Yale University, B.A., 1992
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1996
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Alameda County Bar Association
  • East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers
  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section

Office location for Carolyn E. Henel

1999 Harrison Street
Suite 1400
Oakland, CA 94612

Phone: 510-466-6000


20 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2023

Top lists

Top 50: Women Northern California Super Lawyers: 2007, 2010 - 2011

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