A. Frank Hicks
Curriculum Vitae

A. Frank Hicks is certified by the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners (ABFDE). He served as a Director on that board from 1994 through 2001, as President from 1999 through 2001, and is currently serving another term as Director. From 1998 through 2000, he was the ABFDE representative on the Scientific Working Group for Document Examination. Frank is a member of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners and a Fellow in the Questioned Document Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is also a Charter Member and past President of both the Southeastern Association of Forenisc Document Examiners and the Mississippi Division of the International Association for Identification.

A. Frank Hicks 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. At the time of his retirement, the section consisted of Frank and two other examiners, both of whom Frank trained.

Frank has testified as an expert in his specialty in both civil and criminal cases in local, state and federal courts. In August, 2002, Frank relocated to Long Beach, CA, to enter into full-time Private Practice for the Examination of Questioned Documents in association with Howard C. Rile, Jr., successor to Harris & Harris.

The Rile and Hicks office/laboratory is equipped with the full range of scientific instruments needed to conduct the proper examinations of documentary evidence. We also have a reference library consisting of many text books and over 1300 published and unpublished papers and articles pertaining to the field of Forensic Document Examination. A more detailed CV, listing the papers presented and those that were published, plus Frank's teaching opportunities, is available upon request. Also, a Federal Rule 26 listing of prior testimonies is available.


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