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


MaleFemaleDistrict Total
District 1Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth
334
154

488
District 2Milwaukee3,383
1,996
5,384
District 3Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago280
178
459
District 4Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan305
120
425
District 5Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon306
150
457
District 6Waukesha1,000
527
1,529
District 7Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood388
167
556
District 8Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix347
164
512
District 9Dane
2,160
1,631
3,797
District 10Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano348
172
520
District 11Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn303
116
419
District 12Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock271
114
385
District 13Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington445
219
665
District 14Brown338
176
514
District 15Racine218
133
351
District 16Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas293
138
431
District 17Out of state5,519
3,097
8,626
Totals16,239
9,253
25,520​
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