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Expert witness and forensic document examiner qualifications

What document examiner qualifications does your forensic document examiner hold? In a recent court trial, the opposing document examiner said my methodology differed from that used for the last 50 years. I agreed with him. The methodology I used applied modern computer technology to the case. The attorney who retained me successfully defended the case that turned on the authenticity of a signature.

In another case, the opposing examiner said that in the 1980’s, he worked with the former FBI document examiner from whom I learned the techniques used in the case. Therefore, the technique I used was not valid because they did not use that technique when they worked together. I learned the techniques in a two-day seminar taken in 2010.

I have been qualified as an expert witness in California Superior Courts and Federal District Court. My testimony has been accepted 24 times in cases involving signatures a will contest, contract dispute, altered documents and others. Questioned documents discovered include an altered deed, cut-and-paste signatures, altered mortgage documents, altered handwritten documents, electronic documents, and many other types of questioned documents. I have discovered falsified mortgage documents.

Since the 1980’s I have studied the science and discipline of forensic document examination and handwriting analysis. I am one of a handful of forensic document examiners with a graduate school certificate in forensic document examination from an accredited university.

Examiner Qualifications

  • Customer-focused approach to his work
  • Uses technology to communicate with clients
  • Court qualified expert witness in San Diego, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, and Orange Counties, California and Federal District Court. I have testified in civil and criminal cases.
  • Has worked cases in California, Florida, Michigan, New Mexico, New York, Pennsylvania, Louisiana Texas, and  Utah
  • Author of two books about forensic document examinaion
  • Uses a science-based approach to questioned document examination
  • Knowledgeable in the science of variability
  • Certified Quality Engineer
  • Skilled at preparation of expert witness reports and exhibits
  • Presents at international forensics conferences and local seminars
  • Attends at least two professional forensics conferences each year
  • Chair for the 2012 National Association of Document Examiners (NADE) conference in San Diego, California
  • Skilled presenter of more than 150 corporate training classes
  • Toastmasters Advanced Communicator Silver and former club president

Examiner qualifications include being approved on Government Expert Witness Lists

  • Superior Court of California Los Angeles County Expert Witness Panel
  • Riverside County Public Defender’s office
  • San Diego County Public Defender’s office

Professional certifications

Mike holds professional certifications that bring unique skills to your case. In order to maintain up-to-date knowledge of the field of forensic document examination, he attends a minimum of two conferences each year.

Extensive Research Library

  • More than 50 text books on document examination
  • More than 30 texts on the legal aspects of forensic science
  • USA Secret Service forensic document examination course
  • La Trobe University Forensic Document Examination course
  • Hundreds of professional journal articles