Ann Mahony
P O Box 475166
San Francisco, CA 94147
Mobile: 415-640-0007
Office: 415-441-0273
Fax: 415-441-0233

Board Certified handwriting expert Ann Mahony is Court Qualified with over 30 years of experience in all aspects of forgery including wills, trusts, medical & insurance records, elder fraud, real estate, hate mail & graffiti, watermarks, altered & amended documents, computer records and more.

She provides opinions, reports & exhibits, testimony, deposition questions for opposing experts, second opinions & research of complex cases. In addition, she has associates who specialize in Computer Fraud.

Clients include Bank of America, Federal Express, Hewlett Packard, Coldwell Banker, Chicago Title, State Farm, Kaiser Permanente, Macys and others, in addition to major law firms worldwide.

Ann has provided lectures and/or training for the California Judges Assn., State Bar of Calif, Safeway Stores, Pacific Bell, Calif. Assn of Police Training, Northern Calif Fraud Investigators and others.

Ann maintains professional memberships in numerous organizations, participating in their continuing education regularly.

Areas of Expertise
  • Document Examination
  • Handwriting

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Board Certified Document Examiner through written &oral testing & peer review, NADE
American Institute of Applied Science Certificate in Document Examination
Proficiency Tested by Collaborative Testing Services
Bachelor of Science, University of Cincinnati
Certificate in Marketing, UC Berkeley
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: National Association of Document Examiners
Northern Calif Fraud Investigators Association
Forensic Expert Witness Association
American Society of Testing and Materials
Technical Advisory Service to Attorneys
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: 2017 NADE Testifying against experts who skew results of an examination
2016 Nor Cal Forensic Study Group (El Cerrito PD) Collecting Request Exemplars
2016 SAFE Electronic and Digital Signatures
2016 NADE Electronic & Digital Signatures
2014 NADE Working with Accurate, Legitimate Exemplars
2013 CBC Forged Notary Journals & Robosigning in Mortgage Fraud
2011 AALNS American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants - Alteration of Medical Records.
Also - The Effects of Stroke on Handwriting
2011 NADE The Significance of A Single Letter
2010 NADE Fabricated Calendars-Simulated Simultaneous Entries
2009 NADE Determining an Author from Initials (includes range of variation &
exemplars needed)
2008 NADE Strokes and their Effect on Handwriting
2007 IL State BarSmall Business Practitioners
2005 NADE Bar Code dating to determine authenticity of Documents
1994 ACFEI formerly ABFE - Pen Computing and Digital Signatures
1993 NADE Assisted, Guided, and Inert-Hand signatures
1993 WADE Simple Signature, Guided Hand Signature, Bar Code I.D.
1990 Pacific Bell, Internal Employee Theft
1990 Safeway Stores - forged & stolen checks
1989 State Bar of California Annual Convention
1989 Northern California Fraud Investigators Association - forgery basics
1982 California Association of Police Training - forgery basics
Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: No
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: 1012+
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Documents include: wills & trusts, Power of Attorney, medical & insurance records, notary journals,anonymous letters, graffiti, numerous real estate documents, tax returns, marriage licenses, birth certificates, pre and post-nup agreements, corporate, personal, and travelers checks, employee evaluation forms, job applications, calendars, diaries, work logs, emails, and more.
Areas examined include, but are not limited to handwriting, hand printing, signatures, initials, numerals, dates, indented writing, white-out obliterations, watermarks, ink comparison, computer generated documents, and more
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: I don't keep a record in terms of percentages. I've been retained by both.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: I don't keep a record in terms of percentages. I've been retained by both.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: several dozen
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 2018
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: several dozen
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: several dozen
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 30+
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Examination of questioned documents and handwriting in a wide range of areas, including on site inspection, infrared and ultraviolet inspection, ESDA testting, preparation of reports, courtroom exhibits &court testimony. Preparation of deposition questions for opposing expert and research of complex cases.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $300
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $300
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $400 per hour, two hour minimum
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $400
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Designation as an expert (included in retainer), travel, lodging and meal expenses, FedEx,or other shipping services, messenger and copy services, exhibit preparation.


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