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, 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 356 153 50910
District 2 Milwaukee 3,545 1,908 5,453
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 301 168 469
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 306 114 420
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 331 151 482
District 6 Waukesha 1020 508 1,529
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 370 144 515
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 358 177 535
District 9 Dane 2,194 1,536 3,731
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 371 163 534
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 305 114 421
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 278 122 400
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 414 212 626
District 14 Brown 330 161 491
District 15 Racine 219 126 345
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 311 138 449
District 17 Out of state 5,381 2,928 8,311
Totals 16,390 8,823 25,220
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