Q9 Consulting, Inc.

Q9 Consulting, Inc.

Michael Wakshull

P.O. Box 892965 Temecula, CA 92589

About the Expert

Does your prospective document examiner have training in science? Are they able to present exhibits that support the opinion presented? Recent court cases have had document examiners disqualified from testifying because they were unable to support their opinion in a quantitative manner. I apply my science training to support my opinions in court.

Areas of Expertise

  • Document Examination Forensic
  • Handwriting

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Welcome to Q9 Consulting Forensic Document Examination

Expert's Profile

Your forensic document examiner must help legal clients dissect the evidence presented in handwritten, computer-generated, and other forms of questioned documents. They must be able to apply up-to-date technology and practices to develop scientifically sound and defendable opinions.

The courts now require objectivity in presentation of evidence. My training is science and engineering is applied to examination of documents. The result is clearly developed demonstrative exhibits that tell the story of the evidence. Presentations are made in easy to understand layman’s language rather than technical jargon. The result is that the trial participants, judge, jury, and attorneys, can easily follow the evidence.

Court requirements are satisfied by using generally accepted practices such as ASTM/SWGCOC standards. I am skilled at creating and explaining complex exhibits in easy-to-understand language and pictures. My courtroom approach is to teach and engage the trial participants—opposing attorney, judge and jury.

My laboratory is equipped with microscopes, computers and software, infrared and ultraviolet, camera, electrostatic detection, scanners, and other tools. My forensic library contains reference books and hundreds of journal articles that are used to support the methodologies used to examine documents.

I hold a graduate school certificate in forensic document examination from the Graduate School of Criminal Justice at East Tennessee State University. He examines a variety of document types including handwriting and computer generated documents.

The ability to communicate well is important in forensic science. I am a member of Toastmasters International and the National Speakers Association. Clients benefit from my skills at creating exhibits that tell a complex story in easy to understand language and pictures. My approach before the court is to teach and engage the subject to the trial participants. Communication with clients is done using video conferencing. This allows clients to see work product as we discuss the results of the examination.

I have been invited to present about original research in forensic document examination, effects of bias, and other topics at conferences such as the National Association of Document Examiners, World Congress of Forensics, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

Personal Achievements

Education

  • East Tennessee State University -Graduate Certificate - Forensic Document Examination
  • University of Denver - MS Technology Management
  • State College of NY at Buffalo - BS Mathematics
  • • 2010 Graduate certificate in Forensic Document Examination at East Tennessee State University
  • • 2010 Graduate level course “Forensic Document Examination Practicum” at East Tennessee State University
  • • 2009 - Graduate level course “Forensic Document Analysis” at East Tennessee State University
  • • 2009 - Graduate level course “Forensic Document Identification” at East Tennessee State University
  • • 2008 - Graduate level course “Handwriting Identification” at East Tennessee State University
  • • 2008 - Course “Forensic Document Examination” at University of California at Riverside
  • • 2006 - Course “Certified Quality Engineer Exam Prep” from American Society for Quality
  • • 2005 – Master of Science Technology Management – University of Denver
  • • 1983 - Course “Questioned Document Examination” by Felix Klein
  • • 1983 – 1984 Course “Professional Graphology” American Handwriting Analysis Foundation
  • Extensive self study in the field of forensic document examination

Licenses

  • California Real Estate Broker

Special Training

  • 2016 (October) Learn from the Masters. Riverside County Public Defenders. Riverside, CA
  • 2016 (August) Conference Chair Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners Conference Session 2
  • 2016 (July) Conference Chair Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners Conference session
  • 2016 (June) California Aliance of Paralegal Associations Conference, Riverside, CA
  • 2016 (April) National Association of Document Examiners Conference, Portland, OR
  • 2015 (July 31 & August 28) Conference Chair Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners Conference.
  • 2015 (July) Forensic Science Error Management, National Institute of Standards and Technology. Arlington, VA.
  • 2015 (May 11) Digital Forensics for Attorneys part 2. Westlaw
  • 2013 (October 14) Print Process Identification, Hooke College, Westmont, IL.
  • 2012 (October 18) “A Hands-on Workshop to assist FDEs in understanding point-of-sale signatures” by Dr. Hans-Leo Teulings, Association of Forensic Documents Examiners Conference, Phoenix, AZ
  • 2012 (April 25) “Video Deposition Workshop” by Michael Jones, National Association of Document Examiners Conference, San Diego, CA
  • 2012 (April 26) “A hands-on workshop for working with digital images” by George Reis, National Association of Document Examiners Conference, San Diego, CA
  • 2012 (April 17) “The Graphical Approach, Another Way to Present Evidence” by Hon. William J. Howatt, Jr., San Diego County Bar Association
  • 2011 (May 17-18) “Theory and skills using IR and UV” by Emily Will at the National Association of Document Examiners Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • 2010 (Oct. 23) “Costly and Fatal Mistakes Committed by Expert Witnesses During Video Deposition Proceedings” by Michael Jones, CEO of Digital Evidence Legal Video Services
  • 2010 (Oct. 15) “Determining common authorship amongst multiple simulated signatures based on the analysis of motor strategy” by Dr. Bryan Found, La Trobe University
  • 2010 (May 3-4) Photoshop for document examiners instructed by Gary Herbertson

Organizations

  • ASTM International
  • National Association of Document Examiners - Chair of the 2012 conference
  • Scientific Association of Forensic Experts - Vice President
  • National Speakers Association
  • Forensic Expert Witness Association - Past president San Diego Chapter
  • International Graphonomics Society
  • American Society for Quality, Senior Member
  • Toastmasters International – Advanced Communicator Silver
  • Project Management Institute

Honors

  • 2011 - Toastmasters - Advanced Communicator Silver
  • 2006 - Certified Quality Engineer
  • 1999 - Certified Information Systems Auditor
  • 1997 - Project Management Professional

Publications

  • (2016). How to Conduct Due Diligence When Hiring a Forensic Expert. QuickRead. NACVA/CTI. http://quickreadbuzz.com/2016/09/07/conduct-due-diligence-hiring-forensic-expert/.
  • (2016). Can Forensic Experts Overcome Their Biases? QuickRead. NACVA/CTI. http://quickreadbuzz.com/2016/03/09/can-forensic-experts-overcome-biases/.
  • (2016). Will Courtroom Bias Cost You Your Next Case? San Diego Law Library, San Diego, CA.
  • Wakshull, Michael N. (2016). Using Statistical Analysis to Assist in Writer Identification. National Association of Document Examiners Conference.
  • (2015). How to Hire a Forensic Expert Witness, California Alliance of Paralegal Associations conference. Shell Beach, CA.
  • (2015), Authentication of Handwriting. California Alliance of Paralegal Associations conference. Shell Beach, CA.
  • (2015), Is the Document a Fraud? Forensic Document Examination for Fraud Investigators, Southern California Fraud Investigator’s Association Conference. Palm Springs, CA.
  • (2015), Trends in Handwriting Analysis and Forensic Document Examination. Legal Nurse Consultants Association. San Diego, CA.
  • (2014). The End of the Zodiac Mystery, How Forensic Science Helped Solve One of the Most Infamous Serial Killer Cases of the Century. Temecula, CA: Q9 Publishing.
  • (2013). Line by Line – Forensic Document Examination, A Strategy for Legal Professionals. Temecula, CA: Q9 Publishing.
  • (2012, November). The Use of Control Charts to Assist With Writer Identification. American Society for Quality Quality Day Symposium. Pomona, CA.
  • (2012, October). The Effects of Motivational and Cognitive Bias in Forensic Science. Association of Forensic Document Examiners. Phoenix, AZ.
  • (2011, November). An overview of the World Congress of Forensics. Forensic Consultants Association. San Diego, CA.
  • “The effects of bias on managers’ decisions.” American Society for Quality. Temecula, CA. October, 2011.
  • “The use of statistical process control to assist writer identification.” World Congress of Forensics. Cungqing, China. October, 2011.
  • “Mock trial – Battle of the Experts with Sandra Popescu, CPA.” Forensic Expert Witness Association. San Diego, CA. November, 2010.
  • “Results of research on examination of micro-anomalies for writer identification.” Poster session at National Association of Forensic Document Examiners Conference. Portland, OR. May, 2010.
  • “Cognitive bias and the document examiner; Or: What you don’t know about your attitudes can hurt your client.” National Association of Forensic Document Examiners Conference. Portland, OR. May, 2010.
  • “Do your biases affect your expert opinion?” Forensic Expert Witness Association. San Diego, CA. January, 2010
  • “Determining authorship of handwritten documents through microscopic features in writing.” National Association of Forensic Document Examiners Conference. Boca Raton, FL. April 2009
  • “The use of handwriting analysis as a tool for project risk management.” Project Management Institute Los Angeles Chapter. Los Angeles, CA. October 2008.
  • “How cognitive biases affect risk and decision analysis in managers.” Proceedings of PMI Risk Management SIG Conference. Houston, TX. May, 2006.
  • “Applying predictability and stability to identify the most effective project metrics.” Proceedings of PMI Pharmaceutical SIG Conference. Dallas, TX. April 2005.

Prior assignments

  • Court qualified in civil and criminal litigation. Work includes state and federal cases. Prior assignments include authentication of signatures, writing, graffiti and altered documents.
  • Examination of paper, computer generated, and digital documents.

Percentage of time spent as expert

  • 90%

Number of expert assignments / year

  • 35

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