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 August 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 358 152 510
District 2 Milwaukee 3,562 1,905 5,468
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 300 168 468
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 304 113 417
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 330 151 481
District 6 Waukesha 1020 514 1,535
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 368 145 514
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 359 176 535
District 9 Dane 2,205 1,544 3,750
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 369 160 529
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 306 115 423
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 280 122 402
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 414 209 623
District 14 Brown 329 162 491
District 15 Racine 219 128 347
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 312 136 448
District 17 Out of state 5,362 2,913 8,278
Totals 16,397 8,813 25,219
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