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


MaleFemaleDistrict Total
District 1Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth
326
155
485
District 2Milwaukee
3,382
1,971
5,298
District 3Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago
279
169
452
District 4Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan291
124
417
District 5Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon283
152
436
District 6Waukesha1,001
528
1,536
District 7​Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood390
170
563
District 8Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix338
161
503
District 9Dane
2,129
1,616
3,772
District 10Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano342
164
510
District 11Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn296
110
409
District 12Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock249
113
366
District 13Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington435
224
660
District 14Brown326
172
501
District 15Racine199
132
334
District 16Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas294
144
439
District 17Out of state5,447
3,162
8,693
Totals15,908
9,269
25,377

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