Curriculum Vitae

Forensic Document Examiner
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  • Bachelor of Science Degree in ChemistryMay 1968, Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, Louisiana
  • Master of Science Degree in Chemistry, August 1969, Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, Louisiana
  • Master of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice (Criminalistics Concentration), August 1977, Northeast Louisiana University, Monroe, Louisiana
  • Juris Doctor Degree, May 1983, Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 


  • Two years primary training in the Questioned Document Section of the Georgia State Crime Laboratory, Atlanta, Georgia (1972-1974)
  • FBI Academy, Questioned Document Seminar (July 1974)
  • Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. – Document Examination Program (July 1974)
  • Institute of Paper Chemistry, Appleton. Wisconsin, Watermark Paper Analysis Seminar (1973)
  • Annual Forensic Document Examiner Workshops in Various Specialized Areas


  • Law Enforcement Training Seminars
  • Government, Civic and Professional Organizations


  • Guided Hand Signature Research“, Journal of Police Science & Administration; Vol. 5, No. 2, June 1977, pp. 227-231.
  • Handwritten Entry Research, Journal of Forensic Sciences, Forensic Science International; Vol. 14, January 1980, pp. 159-164.
  • The Effects of Marijuana and Alcohol Usage on Handwriting“, Forensic Science International Vol. 14, January 1987, pp.121-129.
  • Improving Your Photostatic Court Exhibits“, International Journal of Forensic Document Examiners, Vol. 2, No 1, January/March 1996, pp. 48-52.
  • The Tooth Forger, International Journal of Forensic Document Examiners, Vol.3, No. 3, July/Sept 1997, pp 272-275.

Professional Papers Presented:  

  • Numerous papers presented – Titles furnished upon request.


  • Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc. (ABFDE).


  • The scientific examination of handwriting, hand printing, alterations, obliterations, indented writing, typewritten and machine made documents, photostatic copies, ink and paper analysis and other related document problems.


  • American Society of Questioned Document Examiners
  • American Academy of Forensic Sciences (Fellow)
  • Southeastern Association of Forensic Document Examiners
  • Louisiana State Bar Association

Journals-Current Subscriptions:

  • Journal of Forensic Science
  • Journal of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners

Experience: Since 1972

Criminal Practice:

  • Forensic Document Examiner for the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory System.
  • Agencies Served: U. S. Postal Service, ATF (Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms), Secret Service, OSI (Department of Defense- Office of Special Investigations), Department of Welfare, U.S. Department of Justice, FBI, IRS, U.S. Department of Agriculture, U.S. Customs, Department of Defense (Judge Advocates Office-Prosecution and Defense Counsel), U.S. Department of Immigrations, Louisiana Attorney General’s Office, Louisiana State Police, Louisiana Department of Revenue and Taxation, Department of Labor, Parish Sheriff’s Departments, City Police Departments, Public Defender’s Offices, District Attorney’s Offices, District and Municipal Judge’s Offices, Criminal Defense Counsel.

Private Practice:

  • Civil Litigations, both Plaintiffs and Defendants
  • Investigative and Internal Security Problems
  • Banks
  • Corporations and Corporate Security
  • Insurance Companies
  • State Agencies
  • Attorneys, Legal Aid Services.

Court Experience:

Qualified and testified as an expert in questioned document examinations over 500 times involving Civil and Criminal matters in Federal, District, Circuit, Chancery, Municipal and Military Courts in Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee and Florida. Never been disqualified or rejected as a handwriting expert or forensic document examiner.

Daubert Hearings:

August 26, 1999; State of Louisiana vs. no. 35012 Lazzar Rossie Mcelroy,  3rd JDC, Union Parish, Louisiana.

February 15, 2008; State of Louisiana vs. no. 06-6329 Vincent J. Marinello, 24th JDC, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.

October 28, 2011; American Family Life Assurance Company of Columbus”AFLAC” vs. Civil Action no. 3:10cv667TSL-FXB Glenda Biles, et al US District Court, Southern District of Mississippi, Jackson Division.

February 1, 2023: In the Matter of the Estate of Dalvin Ray Sayles, Cause Number 21-1677(M), In the Chancery Court of Rankin County, Brandon, Mississippi.


        • Susan T. Foley, BS and former Crime Lab Director of the North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory-West Monroe Satellite Laboratory.

Reference List Available Upon Request