Kathy S Carlson CFDE, CQDE

Western Forensic Document Examiner
P.O.Box
Montrose , CO 81403
Mobile: 970-275-6846
Office: 970-240-5950
Introduction

Kathy Carlson, a Certified, Court Qualified Forensic Document Examiner, has studied handwriting examination and apprenticed under some of the leading Court Qualified Experts since 2009 in cases including but not limited to; Contracts, Loans, Checks, Warranty Deeds, Quitclaim Deeds, Real Estate Contracts, Deeds of Trust, Wills, Codicils, Holographic Wills, Beneficiaries, Income Tax Fraud, Poison Pen Letters, Anonymous Writing, Divorce Disputes, and Graffiti. Ms. Carlson is not limited to Colorado, but travels throughout the western states from the West Coast to North Dakota, South to Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas, where she has testified in many of those states. She also has traveled to the Turks & Caicos where she testified in the Supreme Courts of Turks & Caicos.


Areas of Expertise
  • Document Examination
  • Handwriting

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Proficiency Testing & Certifications:

Provided through International School of Forensic Document Examination included:
Ten test cases to work efficiently from start to finish without supervision. Completed 12/2010.

Collaborative Testing Services (CTS) - January 2013
Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE) Certification – September 24, 2013
International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) Certification - January 31, 2015
International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) Certification – September 2015
Signature Identification Testing – Identify 20 Genuine, Simulated or Disguised signatures when compared to 20 known signatures.
International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) January 2017 – Proficiency Testing
International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) January 2018 – Proficiency Testing
Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE) September 2018 – Re-Certification
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) - Vice President & CE Chair
Scientific Association of Forensic Examiners (SAFE) - Librarian
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Montrose Area Realtors
First Indicators of Forgery 2014

International Conference (IADE) – Jamaica
September 10, 2015
Ink Analysis – Analysis under Filters and IR Lighting

Interactive Seminar & Workshop (IADE) – Denver Colorado
Working in Photoshop Elements & Word
Is it the Scanner or Cut & Paste?

International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) - Seminar & Workshop
Denver, Colorado – September 6th – 9th, 2017
Co-Ordinator & Host

International Association of Document Examiners (IADE) - Webinar & Workshop
Online – August 24th – 25th, 2018
Co-Ordinator & Host

International Conference (IADE) – Jamaica
September 13, 2019
Is Document Examination a Science?
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: Ms. Carlson has worked on over 450 cases.
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Handwriting identification and discrimination, signature comparison, techniques for distinguishing forged signatures, disguised handwriting, altered numbers, anonymous writing, factors that affect writing, Paper and Ink Analysis with UV-IR Lighting and Filters.

Provided expertise in disputed documents or signatures including: Contracts, Loans, Checks, Warranty Deeds, Quitclaim Deeds, Real Estate Contracts, Deeds of Trust, Wills, Codicils, Holographic Wills, Beneficiaries, Income Tax Fraud, Poison Pen Letters, Anonymous Writing, Divorce Disputes, and Graffiti.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: Ms. Carlson has been retained for both plaintiff and defendant.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: Ms. Carlson has been retained for both plaintiff and defendant.
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: Two Depositions (2)
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: 3/12/2013
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: Thirty-Six times (36)
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: Thirty-Six (36)
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 10 Years
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Investigation and analysis including: Questioned Signatures, Suspect Documents (Typed and Written), Suspect Alterations, Handwritten Numbers, Paper Verification and Indented Writing. Analysis of Paper and Ink through UV, IR lighting and Filters. Reports, On-Site Inspections, Reports, Consulting and Testimony.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: First hour is free of charge. Please see Fee Schedule.
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: Please see Fee Schedule.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: Please see Fee Schedule.
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: Please see Fee Schedule.
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: All fees are listed on Fee Schedule.


References

Stephen K. Christiansen
SKC Law Firm
311 South State Street
Suite 250
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
801-716-7016

Joshua A. Weiss
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP
410 Seventeenth Street, Suite 2200
Denver, CO 80202
303.223.1268 tel
jweiss@bhfs.com

Justin Heideman
Quackenbush Legal
480 E. Winchester St., Ste 200
Murray, Utah 84107
jheideman@heidlaw.com