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 January 1, 2021. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)

Male Female District Total
District 1 Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth 331 155 486
District 2 Milwaukee 3,425 1,928 5,354
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 286 174 461
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 301 125 426
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 312 153 466
District 6 Waukesha 994 524 1,520
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 373 157 531
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 348 168 517
District 9 Dane 2,161 1,603 3,768
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 342 174 516
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 301 112 413
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 273 112 385
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 428 226 654
District 14 Brown 340 165 505
District 15 Racine 214 128 342
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 298 135 433
District 17 Out of state 5,375 3,005 8,386
Totals 16,104 9,044 25,165
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