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 July 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 348 139 487
District 2 Milwaukee 3,655 1,871 5,528
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 297 157 454
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 299 94 393
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 334 147 481
District 6 Waukesha 996 504 1,500
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 389 143 532
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 366 152 518
District 9 Dane 2,214 1,487 3,701
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 378 155 533
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 313 114 429
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 292 122 415
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 418 193 612
District 14 Brown 347 167 514
District 15 Racine 242 121 363
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 349 123 473
District 17 Out of state 5,312 2,755 8,069
Totals 16,550 8,444 25,003