"It should be said, however, that Plaintiff offered an expert on handwriting analysis (Theresa F. Dean) whose testimony was very credible and to point while Defendant's expert was so glib..."
~ Thomas J. DeZern, Master-In-Equity, Spartanburg, South Carolina. Mary R. Pierce v. Theresa M. Pierce, Order (95CP42-279), February 1, 1996.
"See, e.g., United States v. Velasquez, 64 F.3d 844, 848, 851 (3rd Cir. 1995). "The description given by Dean at her deposition of her examination techniques is sufficiently similar to this accepted "protocol" to pass muster under Daubert and Kumho... Absent some showing not made here, Dean is sufficiently qualified both as to experience and methodology to testify as an expert."
~ Lacy H. Thornburg, United States District Court Judge. Civil No. 1:98CV231. Keith Poole v. Sugar Mountain Resort, Inc., August 2, 1999.
"Dean testified as to her professional certifications and related that she had been qualified on five prior occasions by a trial court to testify as an expert witness. She possessed specialized knowledge as to handwriting characteristics as a result of her training. Her opinion was based upon her systematic comparison of the known and suspect signatures of the deceased after enlarging the signatures and looking for similarities in slant, pen pressure, spacing and basic form. Sufficient evidence supported the trial court's ruling, and we find no abuse of discretion."
~ Mark D. Martin, Judge, North Carolina Court of Appeals, No. C0A95-937. Judges Greene and McGee concur. May 7, 1996.
"Ms. Dean's character is above reproach...She has gained an outstanding reputation among clients, attorneys, judges, and law enforcement officers in North Carolina, Virginia, and Tennessee. On occasion, I have been asked by opposing attorneys to "check" her opinions. I have never found her to produce incorrect opinions and her reports and demonstrative exhibits are always well formed."
~ Larry S. Miller, Ph.D., Professor, FACFE, Questioned Document Examiner for the State of Tennessee.
"Theresa F. Dean, I just wanted to thank you for all your help in working with Detective Adams on a recent case that we had involving a recent bomb threat. Without your expertise with analyzing handwriting, I am sure that it would have been more difficult for Detective Adams to have such a quick clearance in this case..."
~ Donnie R. Parks, Chief of Police, Hendersonville Police Department, Hendersonville, North Carolina. January, 2000.
"Over the past five years or so, I have had the opportunity of working with Theresa on several different occasions. Not only is she extremely professional, and competent, but throughout my dealings with her, always displayed the highest degree of moral character, honesty and integrity..."
~ Matthew A. Henderson, Henderson Brandt & Vieth, Attorneys at Law, Spartanburg, South Carolina.
Forensic Document Examiner
Private Investigator #2352
Located in Hendersonville, NC
P.O. BOX 414
Horse Shoe, NC 28742