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Memorable Manitobans: Maxwell E. Kopstein (1890-?)


Born in Belarus in 1890, he emigrated to the United States in 1907 where he worked as a delivery boy in New York City before coming to Winnipeg to join his brother in 1909. He attended St. John’s College around 1910 then the Manitoba Law School in 1916. He was called to the Manitoba Bar in 1920. From 1921 to 1932, he practiced law in partnership with M. D. Spivak, then practiced alone until 1948 when he formed the firm of Kopstein, Kimelman, and Kopstein. He was made a Queen’s Counsel in 1962. He practiced law into his 90s, finally retiring around 1985.

Around 1926, he married Sylvia Danzker (1905-1985), sister of Mark Danzker. They had two sons, Noel Kopstein and Robert L. Kopstein. He was active in the Winnipeg Community Chest, Canadian Jewish Congress, B’Nai B’Rith, Sharon Home, and Weizmann Zionist Club.


“New QCs named,” Winnipeg Free Press, 1 January 1962, page 1.

Obituary [Sylvia Kopstein], Winnipeg Free Press, 9 October 1985, page 58.

Robert Lionel Kopstein, The Endowment Book of Life, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 4 March 2014

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