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 May 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 333 148 481
District 2 Milwaukee 3,451 1,920 5,372
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 291 175 467
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 305 119 424
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 324 158 483
District 6 Waukesha 998 513 1,513
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 373 157 531
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 365 168 534
District 9 Dane 2,171 1,571 3,746
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 338 167 505
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 307 116 423
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 267 117 384
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 426 220 646
District 14 Brown 351 165 516
District 15 Racine 210 129 339
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 308 138 446
District 17 Out of state 5,446 3,028 8,479
Totals 16,264 9,009 25,289
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