Member Statistics

State Bar of Wisconsin

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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, 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 357 141 499
District 2 Milwaukee 3,629 1,891 5,522
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 291 161 452
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 303 102 405
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 325 147 476
District 6 Waukesha 973 512 1,487
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 382 146 529
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 366 158 524
District 9 Dane 2,233 1,494 3,728
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 378 158 536
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 312 115 430
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 276 119 396
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 417 201 618
District 14 Brown 345 165 510
District 15 Racine 235 126 361
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 326 135 461
District 17 Out of state 5,386 2,842 8,233
Totals 16,534 8,613 25,167