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 June 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 362 147 509
District 2 Milwaukee 3,605 1,870 5,477
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 294 165 459
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 299 108 407
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 323 147 474
District 6 Waukesha 985 529 1,515
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 378 142 521
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 366 164 530
District 9 Dane 2,215 1,494 3,710
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 371 155 526
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 306 112 420
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 276 120 396
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 418 199 617
District 14 Brown 337 167 504
District 15 Racine 230 125 355
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 324 133 457
District 17 Out of state 5,374 2,885 8,264
Totals 16,467 8,664 25,147