Mike Wakshull is a civil and criminal court-qualified document examiner who partners with legal clients to dissect the evidence presented in handwritten and computer-generated questioned documents. His valid approach often produces winning arguments during the trial. Wakshull applies his scientific training to examine questioned documents which is a court requirement. He uses generally accepted practices such as SWGDOC and ANSI/ASB standards. His laboratory is well-equipped with high powered digital microscopes, VSC80, ESDA, high quality digital scanners, and software. He has built a large forensic reference library. Wakshull is skilled at creating and explaining complex exhibits in easy-to-understand language and pictures. His courtroom approach is to teach and engage the trial participants—opposing attorney, judge and jury.
Mike Wakshull holds a graduate school certificate in Forensic Document Examination. Since 2010 Mr. Wakshull has worked and studied in the science and discipline of Document Examination and Handwriting Analysis. He is one of only a handful of forensic document examiners with graduate school training in the science of forensic document examination. His opinion is always based on sound fundamentals of evidence. Mr. Wakshull has spoken at International and local conferences and seminars and also holds professional certifications that bring unique skills to your case. As a Certified Quality Engineer, Mr. Wakshull studied the science of variability and applied this to the analysis of handwriting and documents. As a Certified Information Systems Auditor, he applies his knowledge of information systems and technology to the analysis of documents.
Q9 Consulting, Inc. Has both an extensive research library and laboratory. Q9 Consulting, Inc. serves Southern California counties of Riverside, San Diego, Orange, San Bernardino, and surrounding regions. Mike has worked cases from 29 states and five countries. Work is accepted from all other locations.
You have hired a forensic examiner to analyze evidence for your civil case. After a thorough examination of the evidence, the forensic examiner delivers a weak forensic opinion toward favoring your theory of the case. Will the examiner's weak opinion help you in trial?
Generally, document examiners state that a source signatures is needed to show that the signature on a document is cut from another document then pasted onto the document in question. In this case study, a technique is presented to demonstrate how a cut-and-paste was discovered without the source signature.
When she was a girl, the young woman had emigrated with her family to the United States from her home country in Africa. She grew up in the northeastern USA and was now attending college. As part of her application for United States citizenship she must present her birth certificate. Her father sent the birth certificate to her. The birth certificate had apparent alterations. Government officials refused to accept the birth as valid because her appearance did not match the age on the birth certificate. She was born in 1994 yet birth certificate appears to state her year of birth as 1984.
The divorce had been finalized 15 years earlier. The husband had moved on with his life. He was happily remarried and enjoying his retirement years. The ex-wife could not let go. She sued in the Superior Court of Los Angeles claiming the husband would not relinquish rights to real property and other interests that had been part of the divorce settlement.
The decedent signed a life insurance beneficiary form a few weeks after having brain surgery. The plaintiff claimed the signature was not executed by the decedent. The defense claimed that the decedent had signed the document and the differences are attributed to the effects of brain surgery.
As with any other profession, document examiners have a range of expertise and experience. As important as it is for your client to make a clear assessment of your abilities, it is up to you to determine in advance, with a high degree of accuracy, whether the document examiner you plan to hire will perform the most accurate assessments and be ready to back up those assessments with a scientifically repeatable methodology in court.
None of us wants to feel that our opinions are tainted by bias. The ability to recognize when bias is an influence in an expert's opinion and the skill of an expert to overcome his or her biases is integral to an expert's credibility.
The Most Dangerous Animal of All was co-written by the estranged son of California’s infamous Zodiac killer to reveal his father’s true identity. When the book hit the streets the skeptics were in full force. Just like those who mocked the boy who cried wolf, no one could blame them. Too many people had already claimed to either be the killer or to know who he really was.
Forensic document examination, performed correctly, is a reliable discipline that can demonstrate the innocence of your client or the guilt of your opponent. Used strategically, it can help you settle out of court. When court is necessary, your document examiner can present a case so clearly that the outcome is beyond doubt. To achieve this, your document examiner must be proficient in the latest techniques and adept at reporting results.
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Audio Video Forensic Analysis Expert Witness Nick Barreiro
Principle Forensics is a national Media Forensics Laboratory. They Recover, Authenticate, Enhance, and Analyze all types of recorded evidence, including Video, Audio, and Digital Images. Principle Forensics backs all their work with experienced, highly trained, expert testimony.
Nick Barreiro, BAC, AVFA, DIVRT, Chief Forensic Analyst, is a Certified Audio Video Forensic Analyst and an FBI-trained member of the Digital Imaging and Video Recovery Team. During his 15-year law enforcement career, he was a patrol sergeant, technology project manager, media forensics expert, detective, digital evidence specialist, and patrol officer. Prior to his career in law enforcement, Mr. Barreiro was an audio engineer and producer in California. He also worked for KBMB radio in Sacramento and has extensive experience and training in audio enhancement and analysis.
Litigation Support - Mr. Barreiro works with attorneys representing plaintiffs and defendants in civil or criminal matters in which Audio, Video, or Image Evidence plays a key role. He has tremendous technical knowledge and training, but also extensive experience on the witness stand.
Mr. Barreiro has enhanced and analyzed digital media from simple slip-and-fall cases and minor traffic accidents to complex investigations such as homicides and officer-involved shootings. He has testified 100s of times in criminal cases, civil cases, arbitration, and depositions. A highly trained and experienced forensic analyst, he provides technically detailed and precise results with expedited turnaround times.
With training from Harvard, Yale, Columbia, and other top-tier institutions, Dr. Daniel Cousin is a dual-boarded fellowship-trained expert in Diagnostic Radiology in active clinical practice who offers same-day (<24 hr) turnarounds on radiology consultations.
Dr. Cousin has served as a Medical Director in private practice, and also as a Program Director for a residency program where he was responsible for teaching newly minted doctors to be radiologists. He has nearly two decades of experience in the field including both academic and private practices and both clinical and administrative positions. Dr. Cousin is currently the Clinical Director for BayView Radiology in Florida. He is board-certified by both the American Board of Radiology and also by the National Board of Physicians and Surgeons.
Litigation Support - Dr. Cousin is a pioneer in 4D demonstrative evidence, has an impressive lecturing and public speaking experience, presents well before juries, and has testified as an expert over 60 times in the last 4 years. As of 2021, his plaintiff defense split is approximately 50/50. Dr. Cousin offers Independent Medical Reviews (IMEs), Utilization Reviews, Medical Malpractice Reviews, Personal Injury Protection, Bodily Injury Reviews, Second Opinion Imaging Reviews, Re-Reads, and Worker's Compensation Reviews.