Sylvia Kessler has over 25 years of experience as an effective and skilled Certified Forensic Document Examiner as well as a Handwriting Expert. She has conducted hundreds of examinations and generated numerous reports concerning questioned handwriting and signatures. Ms. Kessler's clients include fraud and legal departments, attorneys, investigators, government agencies, teachers, insurance companies, universities, banks, business owners, as well as individuals and families concerning many issues regarding handwriting. She serves a Consultant on a variety of forensic document and handwriting instruments, including:
Background Experience - Ms. Kessler completed her training with Dr. Marie Cassil in 1976 and has been active as a Handwriting Expert and Forensic Document Examiner since 1980. Since that time, she has studied and become Certified by the Scientific Association of Forensic Experts, SAFE, as a Forensic Document Examiner. Ms. Kessler has also been Certified as a Neuro Linguistic Practitioner since 1986.
Lectures /Teaching / Training: Sylvia Kessler has designed and taught hundreds of students Forgery Detection and Handwriting Analysis, through Metro Community College, Southeast Community College, and Clemson University. She has worked directly with Physicians Mutual and Woodmen of the World Legal Department to train hundreds of underwriters basic forgery indicators as well as teams from various business organizations, businesses, and groups. Ms. Kessler has also presented “Forgery Red Flags” instruction manual to numerous groups including the Nebraska Bar Association and Eastern NE Anti Fraud Association.
Robert Leonard and Associates consults with law firms, government and law enforcement agencies, and individuals in situations where language analysis may be helpful. Their team of associate linguists analyze many types of language evidence and construct multi-level analyses, examining a wide variety of identifying features of language usage.
Principal, Robert A. Leonard, PhD, is a Linguistics and Language Analysis Expert with decades of experience in his field. Dr. Leonard is a Fulbright Fellow, Fellow of the Faculty of Columbia University, named Forensic Linguist of the Year by the GSFL, Teacher of the Year at Hofstra University, and Distinguished Faculty Lecturer at Hofstra. He founded and directs a fully accredited graduate program in Forensic Linguistics at Hofstra where he is a fully tenured Professor.
Experience: Dr. Leonard has been employed by the FBI to work on specific cases, train their agents, and analyze and advise on their Communicated Threat Assessment Database (CTAD), a "computerized database/software program designed to be the primary repository for all communicated threats and other criminally oriented communications" within the FBI and the United States.
Dr. Leonard has also trained British law enforcement agencies, analyzed murder-related letters for the Pennsylvania State Police; consulted on domestic terrorism cases for law enforcement agencies in California; analyzed testimony that resulted in perjury indictments for the District Attorney in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania; linguistically traced threatening letters for the Baltimore Police; linguistically traced bomb-threat voice calls to the Nassau County, New York courthouse; and consulted on scores of other criminal cases at the request of law enforcement agencies throughout the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and continental Europe, as well as on scores of civil cases for major law firms for clients including Apple, Inc., and Facebook.
Media / Speaking Engagements: Dr. Leonard delivers presentations on the science of forensic linguistics and has been interviewed by such media outlets as the New York Times, The New Yorker Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian Magazine, ABC Nightline, USA Today, the Washington Times, and the Associated Press to name a few.
Forensic linguistics is the application of the tools, concepts and analytical techniques of linguistics to legal issues involving language. It has at least 13 sub-disciplines, of which I practice four. My expertise in these legal applications derives from my linguistic studies in granmmar, semantics, phonetics, dialectology, language change, lexigcography, and stylistics, as well as from my many years of writing and editing experience. Here is how all of this experience applies to legal cases:.
Forensic Semantics: Analysis of and expert opinion on the meaning of words, phrases, clauses, paragraphs, etc., in legal, personal, and commercial communication (e.g., interpretation of contracts, wills, prenuptial agreements, laws and regulations; trademark/copyright infringement).
Forensic Stylistics: Analysis of the syntax, style, word choice, spelling, punctuation, rhetorical strategies, and other features of anonymous, disputed, or forged documents (including e-mails); expert opinion on plagiarism, authorship and/or characteristics of author.
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Bank of Tokyo
Bennett & Coleman
IIT New Delhi & Kanpur
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J & K Bank
JNU New Delhi
Main Detective Agencies
Punjab National Bank
Standard Chartered Bank
State Bank of India
U.P. Financial Corporation
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Global Forensic Services, LLC (GFS) is a Forensic Consulting, Laboratory and Investigative Firm offering over 37 years of experience and training in a wide range of forensic science and private investigation disciplines.
Larry Stewart has personally examined tens of thousands of individual items of evidence from sources such as state, local, and federal agencies (e.g. Federal Bureau of Investigation, Secret Service, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Central Intelligence Agency, and others), and foreign governments. On several occasions he has examined cases involving international disputes between governments.
Mr. Stewart has testified as an Expert Witness in state, federal and military courts of law, as well as in foreign court systems to include; Austria, Australia, Canada, Germany, Sri Lanka and Thailand. He has also testified at The Hague in the Netherlands and three times as an expert before the U.S. Congress.
Areas of Expertise Include:
Examination of Questioned Documents List of 101 Places to Look for Handwriting Specimens Request Writing Forms and Instructions List of Publications Fee Agreement Contract Fee Schedule References
Curt Baggett is the #1 handwriting expert in the USA. He is the only expert in the USA who has examined documents and/or testified in every state of the USA and over a dozen foreign countries.
A court-qualified Document Examiner Expert Witness, he is also a skilled authority in handwriting identification and has completed over 5,000 cases. Mr. Baggett has examined documents and/or testified in court cases as a handwriting expert in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., the Bahamas, Brazil, Canada, Chile, England, Ireland, Mexico, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Thailand and New Zealand, Korea, China, Australia and Denmark.
Mr. Baggett was a consultant as a forensic document examiner for a number one television show, “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”, and has appeared as a handwriting expert on WOLF-BLITZER-CNN; CHARLES GIBSON-ABC, INSIDE EDITION, CBS, CNBC, FOX, JUDGE ALEX, TEXAS JUSTICE and GOOD MORNING TEXAS. Mr. Baggett is the co-author of “The Handwriting Certification Home Study Course” and "How to Spot a Forgery". He has been a guest on various other television and radio programs discussing handwriting and forensic document examination.
Mr. Baggett once held the position as Dean of the School of Forensic Document Examination at Handwriting University. In addition to lecturing and teaching document examination, Mr. Baggett has analyzed handwriting for over 30 years. He has been qualified as an expert witness in Justice of the Peace, Municipal, District, State, U.S. District, and Federal Bankruptcy Courts. Curt Baggett’s library is extensive and includes literature on questioned document examination, forensic handwriting analysis, behavior profiling, and statement analysis.
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