For the fourth year in a row, Michele has been named an Illinois Rising Star. No more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in a state are named Rising Stars. The lawyers who make this list must be under 40 years old or have less than 10 years of legal experience. Selecting the attorneys involves an in-depth, measurable process. Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement. Selections are made on a state-by-state basis annually.