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, 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 356 141 507
District 2 Milwaukee 3,604 1,884 5,488
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 295 168 463
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 300 108 408
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 329 148 477
District 6 Waukesha 998 525 1,524
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 375 146 522
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 371 162 533
District 9 Dane 2,225 1,498 3,724
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 371 153 524
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 303 113 418
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 279 121 400
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 414 204 618
District 14 Brown 336 166 502
District 15 Racine 230 125 355
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 321 134 455
District 17 Out of state 5,356 2,889 8,251
Totals 16,463 8,695 25,169