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 August 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 333 154 487
District 2 Milwaukee 3,460 1,929 5,390
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 289 172 462
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 299 123 422
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 321 158 480
District 6 Waukesha 1,012 525 1,539
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 380 158 539
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 358 167 526
District 9 Dane 2,169 1,599 3,772
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 339 170 509
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 305 114 419
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 268 117 385
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 431 221 652
District 14 Brown 342 167 509
District 15 Racine 212 131 343
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 312 141 453
District 17 Out of state 5,418 3,017 8,440
Totals 16,248 9,063 25,327
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