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, 2014. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)

Male Female District Total
District 1 Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth 354 144 498
District 2 Milwaukee 3,647 1,857 5,505
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 293 154 447
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 298 93 391
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 330 151 481
District 6 Waukesha 980 499 1,479
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 388 148 536
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 364 148 512
District 9 Dane 2,209 1,476 3,685
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 383 155 538
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 310 114 426
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 286 125 412
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 415 201 617
District 14 Brown 349 165 514
District 15 Racine 246 125 371
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 346 127 474
District 17 Out of state 5,349 2,766 8,118
Totals 16,548 8,448 25,005