Sylvia Kessler is an effective and skilled Certified Forensic Document Examiner as well as a Handwriting Expert with over 25 years of experience.
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.
Litigation Support - Sylvia Kessler has conducted hundreds of examinations and generated numerous reports concerning questioned handwriting and signatures. She has worked with attorneys for both Plaintiff and Defense in the design of deposition questions that focus on outcome-specific results. Her services include preparing accurate Personality Profiles and/or identifying and preparing expert witness testimony for trial. Ms. Kessler has qualified as a Handwriting Expert and Forensic Document Examiner in Nebraska and Iowa courts, giving testimony in Douglas, Sarpy, Cass, Sanders, Montgomery and Pottawattamie Counties. She has been accepted in State and Federal courts to give expert testimony in cases regarding the authenticity of documents and/or signatures. Since 2010, Ms. Kessler has reviewed 140 cases which produced 9 trials, 3 depositions. 1 arbitration, and 1 hearing.
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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 hired by the FBI Behavioral Analysis Unit, Canadian criminal profilers, RCMP, Danish police, British special intelligence units, US JTTF, and many others to work on linguistic cases.
Leonard was Apple's linguist in their trademark battles against both Amazon and Microsoft. In the Federal Southern District of NY in the $14 billion Chevron-Donziger case (Chevron Corp. v. Donziger, 11-cv-00691) District Court Judge Kaplan “fully credit[ed]” his analysis when he testified before him in 2013.
Litigation Support: Dr. Leonard provides expert analysis of Language Evidence. He has been qualified as an Expert in Linguistics, under Frye and under Daubert, in 14 States and six Federal Districts: in State Courts in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Nevada, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina, in numerous U.S. District Courts, and he has testified before World Bank ICSID Tribunals in Washington, DC, and Paris.
Dr. Leonard has consulted on hundreds and hundreds of cases. He has been retained by both defendants and prosecutors to consult and/or testify in criminal cases involving murder, espionage, and other felonies, and he has consulted and/or testified for both plaintiffs and defendants in civil cases involving trademarks, plagiarism, libel, malpractice, and the meaning of contracts.
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In addition to providing the advice and analysis described in my "Consultant" profile (document interpretation, plagiarism, copyright/trademark infringement, and anonymous/disputed authorship), I am a court-certified Lay Witness, per Rule 701 of the Federal Rules for Evidence. I am the author of three books on writing. The depth and breadth of my experience -- academic qualifications plus my previous forensic work and extensive real-world language experience, including writing speeches for the CEO of General Motors, qualifies me to give testimony if my expert opinions would assist the trier of fact.
It's been said that the quality of an expert lies in how well he/she explains what he/she does. I consider this one of my key strengths. My reports are clear, straightforward, and as non-technical as possible. I have been deposed several times..
Recent article (for others, see blog section of www.language-expert.net): On understanding the Miranda warning
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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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K. Gus Dimitrelos is a retired US Secret Service agent and part of the first group of agents to be certified as a computer forensics expert in 1996. While in the Secret Service he was in charge of their cyber crimes program and was a lead technical security agent for Presidents Bill Clinton and George Bush.
Gus is currently the President of Cyber Forensics 360 and contracts with the US Department of Justice as a testifying expert in classified, criminal and civil crimes. Gus is a Certified Ethical Hacker and Cyber Expert and has successfully testified in more than 50 cases and performed over 2000 forensics examinations.
Gus is a course developer and forensic instructor for the US Department of State and US Military CounterDrug Training academy and his cyber investigations have been featured in Wired magazine, Esquire International, Discovery channel, 60 minutes, and Fox News for investigations involving Hollywood celebrities, classified data leaks, and terrorism.