Carol Rolf

Carol Rolf is currently an Emeritus Partner and trusted advisor at ROLF following her retirement at the end of 2021 from the active practice of law.

Carol was a founding member of the firm, and worked diligently for close to 40 years thereafter to help forge ROLF into the core partner to long-term care, post-acute and senior living providers that it is today.

Carol was selected multiple times as one of the Top 100 attorneys in the State of Ohio by Super Lawyers, as well as being named one of the best health care attorneys and as one of the Top 50 female attorneys in Ohio for many years. She was selected as one of the best health lawyers in the country by “The Best Lawyers in America” for 26 years straight.

Carol spends her time these days in the greater San Diego area – where she is fortunate to live close to both her sons and their families. And, she continues to focus on her philanthropic and volunteer work with underprivileged children, and traveling the world – both lifelong passions of hers.

Bar & Court Admissions

During her active practice, Carol was admitted to practice law in:

  • Any state court in Ohio
  • Any state court in Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

Honors & Awards

Carol was featured on the front cover of Ohio Super Lawyers Magazine and honored in a multi-page article about her career entitled “The Consensus Builder“.

Carol has received the following awards:

  • 2009 OHCA President’s Award
  • 2013 Past President’s Award
  • 2018 OHCA Pioneer Award

Professional Affiliations

During her active practice, Carol was a member of the following professional organizations:

  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association,
  • Ohio State Bar Association,
  • American Health Lawyers Association

Carol also served on numerous governmental and association task forces and boards, including:

  • the Ohio Department of Health Certification and Licensure Task Force;
  • the Medicaid Long-Term Care Reimbursement Study Committee;
  • the Ohio State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators;
  • the Advisory Committee for the Ohio MR/DD Victims of Crime Task Force; and
  • Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Ohio (appointed in 1992 and served through 1997).

Carol also served the long term care community in the following roles:

  • Legal Committee, American Health Care Association
  • Instructor for 25 years of the legal portion of the Core of Knowledge – the course necessary for licensure as a nursing facility administrator in Ohio.
  • Core Legal Committee, Leading Age (formerly)
  • Ohio Health Care Association Associate Member
  • LeadingAge Ohio Associate Member
  • Health Care Association of Michigan Associate Member
  • LeadingAge Michigan Associate Member
  • American Healthcare Association Associate Member
  • LeadingAge Associate Member

Speaking Engagements

Carol is a nationally recognized speaker, and has been a presenter and author of materials and seminars at hundreds of engagements over the years. A sample of the organizations Carol has addressed are:

  • American Health Care Association
  • LeadingAge
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Cleveland Bar Association
  • Ohio Medical Directors Association
  • Ohio Centers for Intellectual Disabilities
  • Ohio Provider Resource Association
  • Ohio Assisted Living Association
  • Ohio Healthcare Association
  • LeadingAge Ohio
  • Ohio Society of CPA’s
  • Healthcare Association of Michigan
  • LeadingAge Michigan
  • Midwest Care Alliance

Community Involvement

Carol is on the Board of Trustees for Boys and Girls Clubs of San Diego.

Carol is a former member of the Board of Trustees for the United Church Homes, and has served as Secretary on the Board of Trustees of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cleveland for many years.

She also served on the Board of a large privately held nursing home organization as well as serving on the Board of Advisors for a stand alone not for profit home.

Carol serves on the board of a managed care insurance company (Institutional Special Needs Plan)