Brandy L. DeOrnellas
(510) 433-2685

Brandy L. DeOrnellas is an associate at Roisman Henel LLP.  Her practice includes estate planning and representation of surviving spouses, trustees, and executors for the administration of trusts and probate estates.  She is a member of the East Bay Trusts and Estates Lawyers and the State Bar of California Trusts and Estates Section.

Brandy graduated with Highest Honors from the University of California, Berkeley, with a dual Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Social Welfare.  She received Departmental Honors and was awarded the UC Berkeley Social Welfare Alumni Community Service Award.

Brandy attended Harvard Law School where she earned her Juris Doctor.  At Harvard Law, she was an editor for the Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review and the Harvard Journal on Law and Gender.  She also served on the board of the Harvard Women’s Law Association and practiced as a certified mediator with the Harvard Mediation Program.  She was awarded the James Vorenberg Equal Justice Fellowship and the Ms. JD Fellowship.

Before law school, Brandy was a policy advocate for AARP, volunteered as a Long Term Care Ombudsman for Alameda County, and served as a California Senate Fellow, assisting with elder welfare, education, and pregnancy disability policy reform.

After earning her JD, Brandy received a year-long fellowship to work as an elder abuse attorney at Legal Assistance for Seniors in Oakland.

Education and Professional Background:

Roisman Henel LLP, Associate, 2015 to present

Legal Assistance for Seniors, 2014-2015

Harvard Law School, J.D., 2014

California Senate Fellow, 2010-2011

University of California, Berkeley, B.A., 2010

Professional Memberships:

State Bar of California:  Trusts and Estates Section

East Bay Trusts & Estates Lawyers (EBTEL)

California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform (CANHR) Lawyer Referral Service Advisory Committee

Amicus Curiae:

Submitted brief as Amicus Curiae (friend of the court) to the Supreme Court of Washington, filed September 20th, 2013, which was reviewed by the Court.  The brief reviewed the “best interest of the child” legal standard in Family Court.

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