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 May 1, 2016. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)

Male Female District Total
District 1 Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth 359 140 499
District 2 Milwaukee 3,600 1,869 5,471
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 293 165 458
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 298 108 406
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 322 147 473
District 6 Waukesha 982 525 1,508
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 378 141 520
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 363 165 528
District 9 Dane 2,208 1,492 3,701
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 375 153 528
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 311 115 428
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 279 118 398
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 418 194 612
District 14 Brown 335 166 501
District 15 Racine 231 127 358
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 323 132 455
District 17 Out of state 5,369 2,873 8,247
Totals 16,444 8,630 25,091