Morley Koffman, BA’51, LLB’52
Morley was born in Vancouver on March 11, 1930, at Vancouver General Hospital, where he died on June 28, 2015. He went to Lord Tennyson Elementary and Kitsilano High, where he skipped two grades. Morley received his BA from UBC after three years and graduated from UBC law school in 1952, where he was the youngest in his graduating class. After law school Morley joined a firm with leading practitioners Harold and David Freeman. When he was 25, Morley became a name partner at the new firm Freeman, Freeman, Silvers and Koffman, and immediately took on the responsibility of managing the firm. Thus began Morley’s decades of law firm management, which he handled in addition to his incredibly heavy practice load. Under Morley’s leadership, Freeman and Company (as the firm eventually became known) grew to be an elite business firm. Morley was awarded the prestigious title of QC in 1986. Morley’s current firm, Koffman Kalef LLP, was created in 1993 by a number of the partners of Freeman and Company. Morley loved practicing law, and worked – even from his hospital bed at many times over the past few years – up until just a few weeks before he died. For over 60 years, he advised prominent clients locally and internationally, including some of the most important entrepreneurs in the history of the City of Vancouver and the Province of BC. He was consistently referred to as a lawyer’s lawyer. He was notorious for his prodigious work ethic, arriving to the office most mornings before 6:30 am. He also served as a director of numerous domestic and foreign corporations. He is lovingly remembered by his wife and best friend of 57 years, Myrna Koffman, his children, Lori, Ted and Robert, his sister, Thelma, his children‑in‑law and eight granddaughters.