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 December 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 355 146 501
District 2 Milwaukee 3,555 1,869 5,425
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 297 167 464
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 301 106 407
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 328 150 479
District 6 Waukesha 999 521 1,521
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 373 147 521
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 359 168 527
District 9 Dane 2,177 1,488 3,666
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 365 153 518
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 302 115 419
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 282 119 401
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 408 201 609
District 14 Brown 327 163 490
District 15 Racine 226 130 356
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 321 133 454
District 17 Out of state 5,278 2,830 8,112
Totals 16,253 8,606 24,870