Carolyn E. Henel

Carolyn E. Henel is a partner at Roisman Henel LLP. She represents individuals in estate planning, probate and trust administration, family business planning and charitable giving. In addition, she advises trustees, executors, and beneficiaries in the administration of decedents’ estates, preparation of estate tax returns, and the administration of revocable and irrevocable trusts.

Carolyn is certified by the California State Bar Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in estate planning, trust, and probate law. She serves on the Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) Board of Directors and is a former chair of the Estate Planning Committee of the Alameda County Bar Association.

Carolyn has been selected by her peers and the publishers of Law & Politics and San Francisco Magazine as one of Northern California’s “Super Lawyers” for twelve consecutive years from 2004 through 2015 and as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California in 2007, 2010, and 2011. She was named one of “The Top 100 Attorneys in the United States” attending to affluent families by Worth Magazine  in 2006 and 2007. Carolyn has held an “AV” preeminent ranking from Martindale-Hubbell for over ten years.

Carolyn is a contributing author to CEB and speaks to professional groups on topics relating to trusts and estates.

Professional Background:

  • Roisman Henel LLP, Partner, May 2002 to present
  • Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May PC, Associate, October 1996 to May 2002


  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1996
  • Yale University, B.A., 1992

Professional Memberships:

  • State Bar of California, Trusts and Estates Section
  • East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers
  • Alameda County Bar Association

Contact Carolyn E. Henel

Contact Carolyn E. Henel

Roisman Henel LLP
1999 Harrison Street
Suite 1400
Oakland, California  94612
Phone: (510) 433-2680
Fax: (510) 466-6040


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • California