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 July 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 354 139 494
District 2 Milwaukee 3,650 1,888 5,540
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 292 160 452
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 304 101 405
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 323 148 475
District 6 Waukesha 969 509 1,478
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 384 148 533
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 368 161 529
District 9 Dane 2,234 1,501 3,736
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 381 159 540
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 308 112 423
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 280 119 400
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 423 199 622
District 14 Brown 345 169 514
District 15 Racine 235 129 364
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 331 136 467
District 17 Out of state 5,341 2,830 8,177
Totals 16,522 8,608 25,149