Karthik Nadesan

A founding partner of Nadesan Beck, Mr. Nadesan’s practice is primarily focused on commercial litigation, with a concentration on intellectual property, unfair competition and franchise disputes. In addition, Mr. Nadesan has extensive experience in contract negotiations and drafting commercial and intellectual property agreements. Mr. Nadesan also handles personal injury and employment litigation cases.

Mr. Nadesan has successfully represented numerous individual, small businesses, and Fortune 500 companies, including the developer of a Top 10 iPhone application and a major television studio. Prior to founding Nadesan Beck, Mr. Nadesan was an associate at the Salt Lake City office of Snell & Wilmer, L.L.P., a large southwest regional law firm. At Snell & Wilmer, Mr. Nadesan represented a range of clients, from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses, with a practice concentrated in commercial and product liability litigation. Mr. Nadesan is admitted to practice before the Utah Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of Utah, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Nadesan has been selected as a Mountain States Rising Star from 2008 through 2014 by SuperLawyers magazine, an honor given to only the top 2.5% of attorneys practicing in the Intermountain West, and has an AV Preeminent peer-review rating with Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Nadesan was an American Bar Association YLD Minorities in the Profession Committee Scholar from 2007 through 2008. He served as the President of the Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division from 2008 through 2009 and was as a non-voting member of the Utah State Bar Commission from 2007 through 2008. Mr. Nadesan also served as the Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Minorities in the Profession Committee from 2008 through 2009, President of the Utah Minority Bar Association from 2006 through 2007, Young Lawyers Division liaison to the American Bar Association Forum Committee on Communications Law from 2006 through 2008, and Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division “And Justice for All” Committee Chair from 2004 through 2007. He has been a member of the David K. Watkiss-Sutherland II Inn of Court since 2004.

Mr. Nadesan graduated from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney School of Law in 2004. While attending the S. J. Quinney School of Law, Mr. Nadesan was a Leary Scholar, received the W.J. Mitchell Family Endowed Merit Scholarship and was winner of best oral argument at the Southerland Moot Court competition. He also received outstanding achievement awards in Torts, Advanced Legal Research, and Real Estate Drafting, as well as a CALI Excellence in the Law award for Real Estate Drafting. While attending law school, Mr. Nadesan represented the University of Utah at the Saul Lefkowitz National Moot Court Competition on Trademark and Unfair Competition, and interned for the Honorable Judith M. Billings on the Utah Court of Appeals.

In 1997, Mr. Nadesan received his B.A. cum laude from the Cornell University College of Arts and Sciences. He graduated on Dean’s List, with a double major in Philosophy and Biology, and honors in Neurobiology and Behavior. Mr. Nadesan subsequently attended graduate programs in Human Genetics and Philosophy at the University of Utah through 2004. While attending these graduate programs, Mr. Nadesan received a Research Recruitment Grant and a Teaching Assistant Scholarship, served as a Scientific Integrity Fellow, and was one of the first recipients of the Barbara & Norman Tanner Fellowship for the Prevention of Violence.

In addition, Mr. Nadesan has served as a Director for the S.B. Dance Company in Salt Lake City, Utah, as Representative to the United Nations UNDPI/NGO and ECOSOC committees for the Sri Lanka Anti Narcotics Association from 1997 through 2000, and as a research assistant on the Human Genome Project at Columbia University in 1992. He is also a PADI-certified rescue diver and a PSIA-certified professional snowboard instructor.



  • “Removal to Federal Court,” Utah State Bar Young Lawyers Division, Spring 2007
  • "Talmudic Law," Utah State Bar Spring Convention 2009
  • “Practice Pointers for Young Lawyers,” Utah State Bar Summer Convention, 2009
  • “A Midsummer Night’s Mediation Tragedy,” Utah State Bar Fall Forum, 2011


  • Karthik Nadesan, “Preserve democracy: reach out, mentor, and support minority youth in the community” Intermountain Commercial Record, Tuesday, May 1, 2007.
  • Robert L. Flores & Karthik Nadesan, The First 50: “Celebrating Diversity in the Law”, 19 Utah Bar J. 22 (March/April 2006)
  • Karthik Nadesan, “Honest Abe's integrity in the practice of law” Intermountain Commercial Record, Friday, May 1, 2009