Ron Plesco, a lawyer with the firm DLA Piper, has made cybercrimes a specialty of his practice. “I’ve been in situations where, while you’re in there doing the investigation, [hackers are] watching your email, they’re compromising your phone calls or your Zooms,” he said.

Ron Plesco, an attorney with global law firm DLA Piper, sits for a portrait in Philadelphia, Pa. on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. Plesco, who has decades of experience working in cybersecurity, is part of a team hired by SolarWinds. It was discovered last December that the information technology company’s software was exploited by malicious code in what is considered one of the biggest hacks in history, resulting in the expsoure of information from top Fortune 500 companies and multiple US government agencies. Credit: Kriston Jae Bethel for NPR