Karthik Nagarajan

Associate, Washington, DC



Karthik Nagarajan is an associate in the Firm's International Arbitration and Litigation Groups and actively involved in the Firm's India Practice Group. Mr. Nagarajan has substantial experience representing sovereign clients and multinational corporations in investment treaty arbitrations, international commercial arbitrations, state courts, and federal district courts. Mr. Nagarajan is also actively involved in pro-bono matters at the Firm.

Before practicing law, Mr. Nagarajan worked as a Media Analyst for the embassy of a Middle Eastern country in Washington D.C. and primarily analyzed issues related to U.S. foreign policy in the Middle East and the greater Islamic world.


Bars and Courts
District of Columbia Bar
New York State Bar
Washington and Lee University School of Law
London School of Economics and Political Science
Georgetown University School of Foreign Service


Representative and advisory matters include:

  • Representing a consortium of construction companies in a series of ongoing construction arbitrations regarding a dispute over the expansion of the Panama Canal.
  • Representing the Republic of Uzbekistan under the Kazakhstan-Uzbekistan BIT in an ongoing dispute concerning two cement plants.
  • Representing the Republic of Uzbekistan in a pending ICSID arbitration brought under the Turkey-Uzbekistan BIT with respect to the claimants’ alleged investment in the cotton textile industry in Uzbekistan.
  • Successfully representing the Republic of the Philippines in an ICSID arbitration arising from a dispute over an international airport terminal concession.
  • Representing the Republic of the Philippines in an ICSID arbitration arising from a dispute over dredging contracts, wherein the Respondent prevailed in obtaining the dismissal of all of the claims concerning the main project.
  • Successfully representing the Republic of the Philippines in obtaining the dismissal of an application before the Singapore High Court to set-aside an ICC award in favor of the Philippines.
  • Representing a Middle Eastern investor in a dispute under the Swiss Rules of International Arbitration arising from its investment in the Russian energy sector; case settled on favourable terms to client.
  • Representing a South Asian investor in an ongoing dispute under the ICC Rules arising from its investment in the mining sector of a South American country.
  • Representing a foreign energy company in the litigation of fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims before state and federal district courts; case settled on favourable terms to client.
  • Advising a prominent State-owned corporation on the effect that certain internet activities may have on sovereign immunity and other jurisdictional issues under US law.

Mr. Nagarajan was a summer law clerk at the Singapore International Arbitration Center ("SIAC") prior to joining White & Case. As part of this clerkship, Mr. Nagarajan contributed to SIAC's India-related business development efforts and was seconded to the international arbitration practice of a leading Singaporean law firm.

Speaking Engagements

"International Arbitration: Friends or Foes of Corporations?" Panelist on "Negotiation of Arbitration Clauses"; American University Washington College of Law, Washington D.C. (February 12, 2019).

"Evidentiary Issues in International Arbitration," Presentation to Mexican Bar Association, International Arbitration Committee, Mexico City (November 15, 2018).

"The Indian Experience with International Arbitration," Presentation to Indian National Bar Association Delegation, White & Case LLP, Washington, D.C. (September 12, 2016).

"Pathways to Employment in International Law," Moderator, American Bar Association, Section of International Law & ABA Young Lawyers Division, New York (April 12, 2016).



Co-author with Carolyn B. Lamm: The Continuing Evolution of Investor-State Arbitration as a Resilient Form of Dispute Settlement, Indian Journal of Int’l. Law (January 2017).