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, 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 346 145 492
District 2 Milwaukee 3,619 1,841 5,461
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 292 155 447
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 302 93 395
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 328 153 481
District 6 Waukesha 970 503 1,473
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 383 145 529
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 360 152 512
District 9 Dane 2,185 1,471 3,656
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 380 158 538
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 309 113 424
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 284 121 406
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 410 194 605
District 14 Brown 345 162 507
District 15 Racine 245 125 370
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 335 129 465
District 17 Out of state 5,278 2,743 8,024
Totals 16,372 8,403 24,786