Vice President - Law and General Counsel, Northwestern Mutual 

Chris Gawart joined Northwestern Mutual in 2011 and was named General Counsel in 2018. Before joining the company, he was a Partner in the Milwaukee and Phoenix offices of Quarles & Brady LLP, where he chaired the firm’s Trusts and Estates Practice. Chris is also the former Chair of the Product Tax Section of the American Council of Life Insurers. 

As part of LCLD's Leaders at the Front initiative, Chris created a Leader's Pledge detailing his personal and organizational commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Read Chris's pledge here

Northwestern Mutual is a founding member of the National Association of Women and Minority Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). In 2016, Northwestern was named one of the 50 Best Companies for Diversity by Black Enterprise Magazine. The company also has a coaching program for diverse financial representatives and field leaders to better develop and retain talent.

Joined LCLD 2016 

Highlights of LCLD Participation 

Pathfinder Program
Pathfinders selected:
2022: Kristen Hardy; 2021: Gabriella Saenz, Larry Whitley

1L LCLD Scholars Program
Scholars hosted: 
2017: Jaylin Durham

Annual Meeting (2021, 2020, 2018)
Leadership Summit (2022, 2018, 2017)

Member: Chris Gawart

Diversity Professional: Nora Platt