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 March 1, 2019. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)

Male Female District Total
District 1 Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth 340 143 483
District 2 Milwaukee 3,483 1,938 5,423
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 296 165 461
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 304 113 417
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 330 151 481
District 6 Waukesha 1,011 501 1,513
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 362 152 515
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 358 175 534
District 9 Dane 2,188 1,555 3,747
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 358 172 530
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 311 120 431
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 280 116 397
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 418 213 631
District 14 Brown 341 162 503
District 15 Racine 207 130 337
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 308 137 445
District 17 Out of state 5,396 2,944 8,346
Totals 16,292 8,888 25,196
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