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 April 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 353 147 500
District 2 Milwaukee 3,548 1,871 5,420
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 301 163 464
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 300 112 412
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 328 152 481
District 6 Waukesha 1007 519 1,527
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 380 145 526
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 360 169 529
District 9 Dane 2,200 1,500 3,701
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 364 152 516
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 306 117 425
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 288 123 411
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 404 203 607
District 14 Brown 328 164 492
District 15 Racine 225 131 356
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 320 135 455
District 17 Out of state 5,356 2,897 8,257
Totals 16,368 8,700 25,079