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 October 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 350 143 494
District 2 Milwaukee 3,647 1,853 5,501
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 294 155 449
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 300 93 393
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 328 151 479
District 6 Waukesha 978 503 1,481
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 389 147 537
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 363 152 515
District 9 Dane 2,203 1,477 3,680
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 382 156 538
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 312 111 425
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 287 124 412
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 412 199 612
District 14 Brown 346 166 512
District 15 Racine 246 125 371
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 345 129 475
District 17 Out of state 5,367 2,768 8,138
Totals 16,550 8,452 25,013