J. Wright Leonard, BCFE, CDE

Certified Document/Handwriting Examiner                                                       More than 30 years of Experience                                     

Testified in Federal, State and Local Courts -- Over 230 Testimonies             CALL OR E-MAIL FOR MORE INFORMATION  

                                                                                                

 

            Telephone: 215-735-4000 or 800-626-7880 
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            Fax: 215-735-4022                        

WHAT IS DOCUMENT
EXAMINATION ?

WHAT DOES THE DOCUMENT EXAMINER DO?

  The analysis, examination and comparison of documents in order to establish the authority of  handwriting or the integrity of documents or parts of documents in question. Both oral and written reports are available, and convincing expert testimony is rendered under oath in civil and criminal proceedings

   Examines handwriting that is in question, and compares the features of it with the features of undisputed handwriting of the same person in order to determine genuineness.  Also investigates other types of document problems that could relate to alterations or manipulations, indentations or ink or paper variances.   Provides oral and written opinions and provides expert testimony in handwriting identification and document authenticity matters involving such documents as wills, deeds, checks, anonymous letters, divorce papers, affidavits, receipts, applications, powers of attorney, contracts, insurance forms, medical records, police records, leases, and many other types of documents.

 

WHAT ARE THE 
SERVICES
OFFERED?

  • Case Evaluation 
  • Handwriting and Document Examination 
  • Oral and Written Reporting 
  • Court Testimony 
  • Exhibit Preparation 
  • Review of Documents Held by Adverse Parties 
  • ESDA testing for electro-static development of indented writing impressions
  • Depositions and Arbitrations 
  • Election Petition  Review and Testimony  
  • Microscopic Photography
  • Presentations to Clients
  • Taking of Requested Writings
  • Anonymous Writing ID
  • Differentiation of inks using Foster & Freeman Video Spectra Comparator.

WHAT ARE THE
QUALIFICATIONS
OF
J. WRIGHT LEONARD?

230+ COURT  TESTIMONIES 

 

Board Certified by: THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION  OF   DOCUMENT EXAMINERS and THE AMERICAN COLLEGE OF FORENSIC EXAMINERS

PROFICIENCY TESTED BY:

LaTROBE UNIVERSITY,Forensic Expertise Profiling Laboratory Melbourne, Australia. Proficiency testing in 8 countries worldwide.

COLLABORATIVE TESTING SERVICES, INC., which conducts Proficiency Testing in 55 countries worldwide.

*  Court qualified since 1983.

*  Testified as the Single Joint Expert of the U.S. Attorney and the Federal Defender,  

*  Clients include the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Alexandria, Virginia 

*  Court appointed Document Examiner, Federal Court (E.D. PA) and State Courts

*  Testified regarding 2004 U.S. Presidential Election Petition Matters in Pennsylvania 

*  Testified regarding Candidate Petition Issues in the 2014 Mid-Term & 2016 General Elections.

*  Consulted regarding 2008 and 2012 U. S Presidential Election Voter Registration Matters in PA

*  Consulted by ABC News relating to the Anthrax Letters

Testified in civil and criminal matters in the United States District Court/Eastern District and Western District of PA; U.S. Bankruptcy Court in PA and New Jersey; Commonwealth Court of PA; Immigration Court, a Federal Administrative Agency of the U.S. Dept. of Justice; the Courts of Common Pleas, including the Orphans' Court Divisions, in Pennsylvania, the Chancery Court of Delaware; the Circuit Court of Maryland; and the District Court of Oklahoma; the Superior Courts and Municipal Courts in New Jersey; New Jersey Wage & Hour Board; Municipal Courts in Pennsylvania; and the PA Dept. of Labor/Industry, PA Unemployment Comp. Board of Review.

REPRESENTATIVE
CLIENTELE
LIST
  • Court Appointed Document Examiner  U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of PA
  •  The Associated Press (NY)
  • Saul, Ewing (PA) 
  • BMW of North America (NJ)
  • ABC News (Phila., PA) 
  • Wolf, Block, (PA)
  • Montgomery McCracken (NJ/PA) 
  • Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
  • The Hardford Insurance Co. (PA) 
  • Marshall Dennehey Warner  Coleman  & Goggin (PA)
  • Gruccio Pepper Giovinazzi DeSanto & Farnoly (NJ) 
  • Public Defender - Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey 
  • Reed Smith (PA) 
  • Roberrt J. Casey, Jr., & Assoc.(PA)
  • Blank Rome (PA) 
  • Struble Ragno Petrie Orolio (NJ) 
  • Michael F. X. Gillin & Assoc. (PA)
  • General Dynamics Land Servs. (PA
  • Amtrak (PA)
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (PA)
  • National Board of Medical Examiners
  • U.S. Patent & Trademark Office
  • Comm. of PA, District Attorneys' Offices: Phila., Montgomery, Chester & Delaware Counties, PA, and  Cape May, NJ 
  •  Ford & Harrison (Wash. DC)
  •  State Farm Insurance Co. (PA)
  •  Kemper Insurance Company (NJ)
  •  Rogers & Wells (NYC)
  • "The Philadelphia Inquirer"
  •  Morgan Lewis  (PA)
  •  DeCotiis Fitzpatrick & Gluck (NJ)
  •  Philadelphia Housing Authority (PA)
  •  Schnader Harrison (PA)
  •  United Parcel Service (PA)
  •  White & Williams (PA)
  •  The Federal Defender (PA)
  •  Royal Bank of PA
  •  Chester County, PA
  •  Pepper Hamilton (PA)
  •  Richard Ducote, Esq. (LA)
  •  Kanter Bernstein & Kardon (PA)
  •  Memorial Health Alliance (NJ)
  •  Kroll  Associates (PA)
  •  All State Insurance (PA & IL)
  •  Reed Smith (PA)
  •  Rutgers University (NJ)
  •  Thorp Reed (PA) 

SPECIALIZED
TRAINING
AND 
ONGOING
PROFESSIONAL
EDUCATION

  • ROCHESTER INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Image Analysis & Process Identification, Rochester, New York  
  • American Institute of Applied Science, Questioned Document Program, Youngsville, NC
  • Instruction under the tutelage of Felix Klein, Internationally Recognized Expert in Document Examination, Consultant to the United Nations, and Founder of the National Bureau of Document Examiners, NYC, NY,    1979-82 Completion of Felix Klein's Advanced Course in Document Examination, 1982 (Individual personal Instruction.       
  •                                                                                                                                                                       
  • Document and Handwriting Examination Ongoing Education: 
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology, Measurement Science and Standards in Forensic Handwriting Analysis 2013; International Symposium 2015
  • LaTrobe University, The Handwriting Analysis and Research Laboratory, School of Human Biosciences, Melbourne, Australia
  • Hooke College of Applied Sciences, Print Process Identification/Microscopy, Chicago, 2013
  • Dr. Bryan Found, Victoria Australia Police Forensic Services
  • Dr.  Huub Hardy, Research Coordinator, Netherlands Forensic Institute
  • Gary Herberson, MSFS, UnitChief of FBI Lab, Document Section (Ret.)
  • Larry Stewart, Document Examiner, U. S. Secret Service (Ret.)
  • Michael Gordon, Special Agent, FBI
  • Joseph B. Barabe, Research Microscopist, McCrone Associates
  • John Gorajczyk and John Hsueh, Phoenix, AZ Police Department 
  • Larry F. Zeigler, Retired U.S. Government Document Examiner (FBI, Secret Service, ATF & Immigration/Naturalization Service) and Professor, George Washington University, Forensic Sciences Program.   (Ret.)                                   
  • Attendance at Conferences/Symposiums/Seminars/Workshops:
  • Nat'l Association of Document Examiners, Locations Nationwide,  1982, 1994- 96, 1998-2001, 2003-15  
  • MidAltantic Association of Forensic Scientists, Annual Conference,  Atlantic. City, NJ, 2000
  • International Association for Identification, 41st Annual Conference,   Atlantic City, NJ, 1997
  • Association of Forensic Document Examiners, Annual Conferences, 1997.  2003-2014, 2016
  • Evidence Photographers International Council, Phoenix, Arizona, 1996
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, Phila., PA, Various.
  • American College of Forensic Examiners, Annual Conference,   Springfield, MO, 1995
  • National Bureau of Document Examiners, NYC, NY,     Various Quarterly Seminars, 1980's
MEMBERSHIPS
  • NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF DOCUMENT EXAMINERS,  Certified Member, Board of Directors, Budget Chair, New Membership Chair, and Journal Editorial Board (7 years)
  • INTERNATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR IDENTIFICATION,   NY STATE DIVISION
  • ASSOCIATION OF FORENSIC DOCUMENT EXAMINERS,  Board of Directors, Secretary 
  • AMERICAN SOCIETY OF TESTING AND MATERIALS 
  • ASSOCIATION OF CERTIFIED FRAUD EXAMINERS
  • AMERICAN COLLEGE OF FORENSIC EXAMINERS (DIPLOMATE STATUS)
  • EVIDENCE PHOTOGRAPHERS INTERNATIONAL COUNCIL, Past Member 
PUBLISHED
RESEARCH
 
  • "Digital Development of Indented Writing," Journal of the National Association of  DocumentExaminers, Summer 2001, Vol. 24, No. 1
  • "Multiple Personality Disorder - A Case of Handwriting ID and Ink Relative Aging Problems," Journal of the National Association of Document Examiners,         Spring 2003, Vol. 25, No. 1
LECTURES 
  •  PA Bar Association, Orphans' Court Litigation Division Committee, 2010
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners, "Detecting Forgery."
  • American Dental Association, "Altered Documents." Also Civic Organizations (Rotary Intl. etc.)
LABORATORY EQUIPMENT

Foster & Freeman Video Spectra Comparator, stereoscopic wide-field microscope, Digital MiScope, monocular microscope, Kinderprint Indentation materializer, a wide variety of magnifying devices & lamps, light transmission tables, ultraviolet & infrared equipment, filters, 35mm camera with macro attachments, digital cameras with microscopic capability, copy stand/tripod, copy enlargement equipment and various measuring devices.

             Call or E-Mail for more information and to find out what's needed for examination in your particular case.  

                                         J. WRIGHT LEONARD, BCFE, CDE

                        Telephone 215-735-4000  or 800-626-7880      E-Mail:  JWrightLeonard@aol.com  

                                Office Location:  1500 Walnut Street, Suite M-12, Philadelphia, PA  19102

 

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