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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 June​ 1, 2022. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)


MaleFemaleDistrict Total
District 1Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth
331
158
493
District 2Milwaukee
3,312
1,989
5,340
District 3Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago
298
174
462
District 4Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan298
122
421
District 5Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon294
155
450
District 6Waukesha1,000
536
1,542
District 7​Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood393
170
567
District 8Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix342
163
509
District 9Dane
2,155
1,631
3,814
District 10Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano344
169
515
District 11Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn298
112
411
District 12Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock257
113
373
District 13Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington441
225
668
District 14Brown333
174
510
District 15Racine206
125
334
District 16Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas294
144
438
District 17Out of state5,493
3,137
8,705
Totals16,076
9,299
25,555

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