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, 2017. (These figures are subject to change, due to attrition and the addition of new members.)

Male Female District Total
District 1 Jefferson, Kenosha, Walworth 353 151 504
District 2 Milwaukee 3,521 1,905 5,426
District 3 Fond du Lac, Green Lake, Winnebago 300 169 469
District 4 Calumet, Door, Kewaunee, Manitowoc, Sheboygan 302 115 417
District 5 Buffalo, Clark, Crawford, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Pepin, Richland, Trempealeau, Vernon 330 152 482
District 6 Waukesha 1002 503 1,506
District 7 Adams, Columbia, Juneau, Marquette, Portage, Sauk, Waupaca, Waushara, Wood 361 142 504
District 8 Dunn, Eau Claire, Pierce, St. Croix 356 180 536
District 9 Dane 2,179 1,528 3,709
District 10 Marinette, Menominee, Oconto, Outagamie, Shawano 368 162 530
District 11 Ashland, Barron, Bayfield, Burnett, Chippewa, Douglas, Iron, Lincoln, Polk, Price, Rusk, Sawyer, Taylor, Washburn 311 112 424
District 12 Grant, Green, Iowa, La Fayette, Rock 281 124 405
District 13 Dodge, Ozaukee, Washington 411 210 621
District 14 Brown 327 164 491
District 15 Racine 217 123 340
District 16 Florence, Forest, Langlade, Marathon, Oneida, Vilas 311 138 449
District 17 Out of state 5,317 2,874 8,192
Totals 16,247 8,753 25,006
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