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 October 1, 2020. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)

Male Female District Total
District 1 Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth 337 155 492
District 2 Milwaukee 3,458 1,939 5,398
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 290 173 464
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 304 125 429
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 317 157 475
District 6 Waukesha 1,009 524 1,535
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 379 158 538
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 355 167 523
District 9 Dane 2,177 1,611 3,792
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 342 171 513
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 308 115 423
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 273 116 389
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 430 225 655
District 14 Brown 339 167 506
District 15 Racine 214 137 343
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 309 137 446
District 17 Out of state 5,445 3,036 8,486
Totals 16,287 9,105 25,408
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