Brandy L. DeOrnellas
(510) 433-2685

Brandy L. DeOrnellas is an Associate at Roisman Henel + Adams LLP.  Her practice includes estate planning and representation of trustees and executors in the administration of trusts and probate estates.  Brandy has been selected by her peers as one of Northern California’s “Rising Stars” for 2018.

Brandy graduated with Highest Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare.  Her community activities included political advocacy with AARP and volunteering as a Long Term Care Ombudsman for Alameda County.  She then served as a California Senate Fellow, assisting with elder welfare, education, and pregnancy disability policy reform.

Brandy attended Harvard Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor.  She was an editor for the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and the Harvard Journal on Law and Gender.  She served on the board of the Harvard Women’s Law Association and practiced as a mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program.  She was a student attorney for victims of domestic violence, incarcerated parents, and individuals facing gender discrimination. Brandy received the Borchard Fellowship in Law and Aging to practice as an elder abuse attorney with Legal Assistance for Seniors in Oakland.

Brandy enjoys serving as a volunteer attorney with the Alameda County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Corporation (VLSC) and as a community mediation with SEEDS community Resolution Center.  She also serves as a member of the California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) Lawyer Referral Service Advisory Committee.

Professional Background:

Roisman Henel + Adams LLP, Associate Attorney, 2015 to present

Legal Assistance for Seniors, Staff Attorney, 2014 – 2015

California Senate Fellow, 2010 – 2011



Harvard Law School, J.D., 2014

  • James Vorenberg Equal Justice Fellow, 2012, 2013
  • JD Fellow, 2013
  • Borchard Fellowship in Law and Aging Fellow, 2014

University of California, Berkeley, B.A. Social Welfare, B.A. Political Science, 2010

  • Highest Honors; Departmental Honors: Social Welfare
  • C. Berkeley Social Welfare Alumni Community Service Award

Professional Memberships:

State Bar of California: Trusts and Estates Section

East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers (EBTEL)

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