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Dispute Resolution



Kyle-Beth Hilfer approaches each matter with the overarching philosophy that clients do not want to end up in court. She appreciates the emotional and financial toll that lawsuits can exact. Kyle-Beth works proactively to anticipate problems before they arise and avoid litigation.

As a Harvard Law student, Kyle-Beth distinguished herself in the competitive Williston Contract Competition and studied alternative dispute resolution. Throughout her years of practice, Kyle-Beth has been an active advocate for alternate dispute resolution. She excels at developing innovative solutions to conflict. She drafts fair contracts that produce business results and sustain relationships.

Kyle-Beth serves on the Alternate Dispute Resolution Section of the Westchester County Bar Association. She speaks and writes often about arbitration and ADR.


Kyle-Beth Hilfer brings her legal expertise and industry knowledge to her arbitration practice. She understands that parties to an arbitration seek an efficient and fair application of the law to resolve their conflicts. Kyle-Beth has served as an arbitrator for multiple cases, including large complex cases, in a broad range of industries: advertising, electronic retailing, intellectual property, publishing, public relations, talent management, sports management, event management, entertainment, infomercial, and art. She has issued decisions that hinge on complex damages’ claims, interpretations of fiduciary obligations, agency relationships, licensing issues, and causation.

Kyle-Beth differentiates herself with an active case management style that incorporates:

  • Pre-hearing telephonic conferences
  • Early resolution of discovery issues
  • Clear and detailed schedules
  • Organized evidentiary hearings
  • Confidentiality
  • Impartiality
  • Respect for the parties
  • Awareness of budget

Kyle-Beth is available to serve as sole arbitrator, panel chairperson, or panelist:

  • American Arbitration Association: Commercial and Intellectual Property Panels, Customer Account Panel. For more information about retaining Kyle-Beth through the AAA, please visit
  • The City of New York Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Contract Dispute Resolution Board: appointed through the judicial system to hear disputes arising out of contracts between New York City and its vendors for goods, services, and construction.
  • Non-administered private arbitrations.

For more information about hiring Kyle-Beth Hilfer to resolve your dispute, contact her for a consultation.


Advocacy and Civility in Arbitration: Do They Go Hand in Hand?

September 5, 2017

Litigations are notoriously hostile proceedings. All too often, advocates come to arbitrations wanting to apply the same strategies and procedural maneuvers they use in court. In fact, such an approach may backfire and violate ethical standards. Best practices in arbitration advocacy differ greatly from those in litigation.


How to Negotiate, Prepare for, and Conduct a Licensing Audit

April 12, 2017

One of the most frequently overlooked clauses in a licensing agreement is the audit clause. A badly worded clause may leave the Licensor struggling to discover and collect unpaid royalties if the Licensee omits or underestimates revenue collected. At the same time, an overreaching clause leaves the Licensee exposed to business interruption and possible bad publicity. Here is a look at the licensing audit from both the Licensor’s and Licensee’s perspectives.



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