Howard C. Rile, Jr. is certified by and past president (1997-1999) of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners, Inc. He is also a member of and past president (2006-2008) of the Executive Board of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners, Inc. Howard is a member and ex-Membership/Credentials Chairman of the Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners. He is also a member of the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, the Document Section of the American Academy of Forensic Science, and the ASTM. Howard revised a chapter on signatures in Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents, 2nd Edition.
Howard C. Rile, Jr.
Howard C. Rile, Jr. graduated from California State University at Los Angeles in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry. From 1968 to 1972, he worked as a chemist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. Since 1972, he has devoted full time to the study and examination of problems relating to disputed handwriting, signatures, typewriting, and identification of photocopiers, ink, and papers.
From 1972 to 1974, Howard was employed and trained at the firm of Harris and Harris, Examiners of Questioned Documents, at Los Angeles, California. Between 1974 and 1979, Howard was employed by the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller as a document examiner; and from 1979 to 1983, Howard was the questioned document examiner for the State of Colorado at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in Denver. Since 1983, Howard has been an independent, private examiner, affiliated with Harris and Harris until 1996.
Howard has qualified and testified as an expert witness in his specialty in more than 500 cases involving criminal and civil matters in federal and/or state courts in California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Hawaii, Kansas, New York, and Wyoming.
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 We also have a reference library consisting of many text books and over 1300 published and unpublished papers and articles pertaining to the field of Forensic Document Examination.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 copy of his CV, and a Federal Rule 26 listing of prior testimonities, is available upon request.
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Howard C. Rile, Jr. and A. Frank Hicks are certified forensic document examiners and expert witnesses
in private practice in Southern California. They maintain a full laboratory for examination and testing of
questioned documents, including the ESDA (Electrostatic Detection Apparatus),
the VSC (Video Spectral Comparator), a digital darkroom, and more.