Advanced Search Tips
The Advanced Search is powered by Google, and thus the results are sorted by relevance rather than alphabetical order. As a result, you may need to narrow your search if it delivers too many results.
This advanced search gives you nine filters to use when conducting a search for a Wisconsin-licensed lawyer. Use one of the following filters, or any combination, to narrow your search. The more information you add, the easier it is to get the desired results.
Keyword – This keyword search is a broad search, looking for information in a database of more than 24,000 Wisconsin-licensed lawyers. This is where you could enter a lawyer’s name (or part of a name), organization, state, country, or street name. When searching by state, use the two-letter abbreviation for quicker results.
If the lawyer you’re looking for has a double or a hyphenated last name, like Mark Smith Anderson or Mark Smith-Anderson, the Advanced Search keyword feature works better the Basic Search. The endless power of this keyword search also can be its Achilles heel; if your search delivers too many results, add in the following additional information to narrow your search:
Member ID – All you have is a lawyer’s ID number? Enter this information, and you’ll automatically narrow your search to a single lawyer.
City and County – Need a lawyer in a particular city or Wisconsin county? Try either or both of these fields. And, if you’ve ever tried to spell “Trempealeau,” you’ll appreciate the helpful drop-down listing.
Phone – Got a phone number, part of a number, just the exchange? Use it to toss a wider (or narrower) net than the use of City or County. Be sure to use parentheses and hyphens, as in (608) 986-XXXX.
Law School – In a convenient drop-down list, law schools are listed by their official names and are organized alphabetically by state. The list does not include all ABA-accredited law schools; only those schools that have graduated current State Bar of Wisconsin members.
Graduation Year – Are you looking for a lawyer that graduated in 1970? If you also know the law school that he or she graduated from, use the Law School field in tandem with Graduation Year.
Languages – Looking for a Spanish-speaking lawyer or a lawyer fluent in American Sign Language? Use this drop-down menu to quickly find who speaks what languages.
Member Type – Search all Wisconsin-licensed lawyers, or use the drop-down menu to choose from four license status options: Active, Emeritus, Inactive, or Judicial.
WisBar's Lawyer Search provides basic information about attorneys licensed to practice law in Wisconsin. The information provided
is reported to the State Bar by its members, who are required by Supreme Court Rule 10.03 to maintain current address information
with the State Bar. Optional profile information is added and maintained by individual State Bar members. Members can update
select profile information by visiting myStateBar at the top of this site or contacting Customer Service at (800) 728-7788 for assistance.
To find pending public disciplinary cases or to view public disciplinary histories regarding a specific attorney, visit the Wisconsin Court System's database.