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


MaleFemaleDistrict Total
District 1Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth
335
154

489
District 2Milwaukee3,381
2,002
5,394
District 3Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago281
177
459
District 4Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan303
120
423
District 5Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon306
151
458
District 6Waukesha998
524
1,524
District 7Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood389
168
558
District 8Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix350
165
516
District 9Dane
2,159
1,636
3,802
District 10Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano344
173
517
District 11Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn302
116
418
District 12Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock273
113
387
District 13Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington439
217
657
District 14Brown338
174
512
District 15Racine217
131
348
District 16Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas294
140
434
District 17Out of state5,530
3,114
8,659
Totals16,240
9,276
25,557​​
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