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Papers of Peter Kinzler

Identifier: MSS-2015-03

Scope and Contents

Peter Kinzler donated these papers to the Arthur J. Morris Law Library, in five installments, between 2015 and 2016. They consist of 27 boxes (10.5 linear ft.) of documents related to his work on auto insurance legislation, and files about the drafting of vaccine compensation legislation that led to the National Childhood Vaccine Act of 1986. There is a folder with Mr. Kinzler's comments and recollections on each part of the collection.


  • Creation: 1968-2011


Biographical / Historical

Peter Kinzler earned his bachelor’s degree from Trinity College (Hartford, CT) in 1964, and his legal degree from Columbia Law School in 1967. After a short stint at the National Labor Relations Board, he spent 25 of the next 26 years working for the House and Senate of the United States.

As Counsel to the Consumer Protection and Finance Subcommittee of the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce Committee in the 1970s, he had the lead staff responsibility for federal, no-fault insurance legislation. While working for Senator Christopher J. Dodd (D-CT) on the Senate Banking Committee in the 1980s and 1990s, he played a major role in the development of the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act and two iterations of product liability legislation.

After retiring from the Congress in 1995, he became President of the Coalition for Auto-Insurance Reform, where he led the private sector effort on behalf of federal and state efforts to enact the Auto Choice Reform Act. He retired in 2010.


10.5 Linear Feet (27 archival boxes)

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Professional papers (1968-2011) related to no- fault auto insurance legislation, products liability and . Also files re vaccine compensation legislation that led to the National Childhood Vaccine Act of 1986.


The collection is divided in 6 series:

No-Fault Auto Insurance Files

Auto Choice Files

Product Liability Files

Punitive Damages

Vaccine Files

Electronic (Born Digital) Computer Files re No-Fault Insurance [Available Upon Request]

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Peter Kinzler donated these papers in September of 2015.

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Repository Details

Part of the Arthur J. Morris Law Library Special Collections Repository

Arthur J. Morris Law Library
580 Massie Road
University of Virginia
Charlottesville Virginia 22903 United States