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 September 1, 2016. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)

Male Female District Total
District 1 Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth 359 147 506
District 2 Milwaukee 3,601 1,886 5,487
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 297 166 463
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 305 109 414
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 333 148 481
District 6 Waukesha 1007 528 1,536
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 375 145 521
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 365 165 530
District 9 Dane 2,199 1,496 3,696
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 370 153 523
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 304 115 421
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 280 120 400
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 407 204 611
District 14 Brown 335 166 501
District 15 Racine 232 128 360
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 321 132 453
District 17 Out of state 5,370 2,892 8,268
Totals 16,460 8,700 25,171