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 March 1, 2015. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)

Male Female District Total
District 1 Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth 350 142 493
District 2 Milwaukee 3,625 1,857 5,483
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 290 161 451
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 300 95 394
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 327 151 478
District 6 Waukesha 977 505 1,482
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 386 146 533
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 362 156 518
District 9 Dane 2,199 1,491 3,690
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 377 159 536
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 308 113 423
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 287 123 411
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 416 197 614
District 14 Brown 348 167 515
District 15 Racine 242 122 364
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 334 133 468
District 17 Out of state 5,355 2,787 8,146
Totals 16,483 8,505 25,000