Member Statistics

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Membership Statistics

Of the approximately 3,900 law firms in Wisconsin, the vast majority – 92% or about 3,600 – are small businesses consisting of five or fewer lawyers. 70% or 2,748 of those firms are solo practices consisting of only one lawyer.

These small businesses create jobs and contribute substantially to the economic foundation of their communities. According to the United States Census Bureau, the legal profession employs more than 16,000 people in Wisconsin, with an annual payroll of over $832 million.

As small business owners, attorneys are woven into the fabric of their communities and neighborhoods. The most common services Wisconsin lawyers provide for their clients are drafting wills and powers of attorney, deed preparation, and directives to physicians. In addition, attorneys provide free legal services to individuals in need. Lawyers throughout the state also participate in initiatives designed to address the legal needs of low-income citizens of Wisconsin. Attorneys reach out to their communities, providing assistance to homeowners in financial distress through foreclosure mediation programs; they also assist people with medical debts and provide disaster relief legal assistance.

Membership by State Bar District

The following is a breakdown of State Bar membership by State Bar district as of May 1, 2017. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)

Male Female District Total
District 1 Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth 356 147 503
District 2 Milwaukee 3,559 1,879 5,439
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 300 164 464
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 299 113 412
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 330 154 485
District 6 Waukesha 1007 516 1,524
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 379 147 527
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 364 174 535
District 9 Dane 2,205 1,499 3,705
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 364 150 514
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 306 116 424
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 286 123 409
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 406 205 611
District 14 Brown 331 169 500
District 15 Racine 226 129 355
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 321 136 457
District 17 Out of state 5,363 2,904 8,271
Totals 16,399 8,725 25,135