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 June 1, 2018. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)

Male Female District Total
District 1 Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth 352 152 504





District 2 Milwaukee 3,538 1,916 5,454
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 295 165 460
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 301 114 415
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 327 153 480
District 6 Waukesha 1,013 507 1,521
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 361 148 510
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 357 178 535
District 9 Dane 2,185 1,530 3,717
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 370 163 533
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 312 115 427
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 278 120 398
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 414 216 630
District 14 Brown 333 165 498
District 15 Racine 212 128 340
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 309 138 447
District 17 Out of state 5,331 2,907 8,239
Totals 16,298 8,822 25,125
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