Member Statistics

State Bar of Wisconsin

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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 April 1, 2021. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)

Male Female District Total
District 1 Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth 333 156 489
District 2 Milwaukee 3,420 1,935 5,356
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 286 177 464
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 305 124 429
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 311 149 461
District 6 Waukesha 1,003 523 1,528
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 380 161 542
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 348 169 518
District 9 Dane 2,151 1,605 3,760
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 344 173 517
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 299 115 415
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 273 111 384
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 428 226 654
District 14 Brown 342 164 506
District 15 Racine 216 126 342
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 295 134 429
District 17 Out of state 5,429 3,038 8,473
Totals 16,165 9,087 25,269
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