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 December 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 343 147 490
District 2 Milwaukee 3,449 1,921 5,371
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 293 174 468
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 305 117 422
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 321 158 480
District 6 Waukesha 998 516 1,516
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 369 155 525
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 363 167 531
District 9 Dane 2,173 1,569 3,746
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 343 167 510
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 302 115 417
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 271 116 387
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 426 214 640
District 14 Brown 349 161 510
District 15 Racine 213 127 340
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 307 138 445
District 17 Out of state 5,362 2,978 8,346
Totals 16,188 8,940 25,145
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