Summary of Credentials

Howard C. Rile, Jr. has been continuously recertified by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE) since 1979. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, and worked as a chemist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California after graduation. Since 1972, he has devoted full time to the study and examination of questioned documents and forensic document examination, first apprenticing to John J. Harris of Harris & Harris, and then working as a document examiner for the Los Angeles County Auditors's Office, followed by four years as a questioned document examiner with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in Denver. Since 1983, Howard C. Rile, Jr. has been in private practice, first with John J. Harris until his retirement, and currently shares offices with A. Frank Hicks.

To view Howard Rile's complete CV, see Howard Rile's credentials page.

A. Frank Hicks has been continuously recertified by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE) since 1985. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1976 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Forensic Science. A ten-week summer internship, which was part of the degree program was fulfilled in the Questioned Document Section of the Georgia Crime Laboratory in Atlanta. After graduation, in January 1977, Frank returned to the Georgia Crime Laboratory and continued his training in the field of Questioned Documents until April of 1978. At that time, Frank returned to Mississippi to start the Questioned Documents Section in the Mississippi Crime Laboratory. He remained in charge of that section until his retirement in August of 2002, when Frank relocated to Long Beach, CA, to enter into full-time private practice as a document examiner with Howard C. Rile, Jr., successor to Harris & Harris.

To view A. Frank Hicks' complete CV, see A. Frank Hicks' credentials page.

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