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 November 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 348 145 494
District 2 Milwaukee 3,658 1,862 5,521
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 291 155 446
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 304 93 397
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 330 152 482
District 6 Waukesha 973 506 1,479
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 385 145 531
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 362 154 516
District 9 Dane 2,203 1,486 3,689
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 385 159 544
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 312 113 427
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 286 123 410
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 412 197 610
District 14 Brown 346 164 510
District 15 Racine 248 125 373
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 341 128 470
District 17 Out of state 5,384 2,781 8,168
Totals 16,569 8,488 25,068