I am practicing forensic document examiner, author and speaker located in Temecula, CA. I am adjunct instructor of Risk Management and Quality Management at University of Redlands and hold professional certifications as Certified Quality Engineer (CQE), Certified Information Systems Auditor (CiSA), Project Management Professional, and earned a graduate school certificate in Forensic Document Examination.
As an author, I published two books. Line-by-Line, Forensic Document Examination, a Strategy for Legal Professionals assists legal professionals who need to hire a document examiner. The End of the Zodiac Mystery - How Forensic Science Helped Solve One of the Most Infamous Serial Killer Cases of the Century, takes the reader through the process of comparing the handwriting of the Zodiac Killer with that of Earl Van Best, Jr. I assisted authors Susan Mustafa and Gary Stewart with the New York Times best seller The Most Dangrous Animal of All by performing the handwriting comparison and writing a 64 page report of the results.
As a professional speaker, member of National Speakers Association and Toastmasters Advanced Communicator Silver, Mike tailors his presentation to meet the needs of your meeting attendees. He has delivered more than 200 training sessions and presentations at seminars and conferences.
My presentations include case studies from forensic document examination cases on which I have worked and famous cases. A presentation must deliver value to the attendees. Ideally, the presentation is a two-way learning environment where the presenter is a student of the audience and the audience is a student of the presenter.
All presentations are a minimum of one hour long yet can be tailored to the client's requirements,focusing on the interests of your audience. The interactive format encourages audience questions and participation. Short exercises help the attendees learn concepts. You can insert a forensic document examination case from your law firm or organization into the presentation. Use of a case in which forgery, altered documents or other court ruling was given can enhance the learning.
I have spoken at international forensic conferences including the World Congress of Forensics in China and National Institute of Standards and Technology.
Risk management presentations have been delivered at internationalconferences sponsored by the Project Management Institute.
- The End of the Zodiac Mystery: How Forensic Science Helped Solve One of the Most Infamous Serial Killer Cases of the Century The Most Dangerous Animal of All was co-written by the estranged son of California’s infamous Zodiac killer to reveal his father’s true identity. When the book hit the streets the skeptics were in full force. Just like those who mocked the boy who cried wolf, no one could blame them. Too many people had already claimed to either be the killer or to know who he really was. Forensic science helped solve the killer's identity. The problem is—the skeptics weren’t considering the handwriting comparisons skillfully performed by Document Examiner, Michael Wakshull, to finally crack the case. The End of the Zodiac Mystery will enable you to reach your own conclusion whether this decades-long cold case has finally been solved. In it, Wakshull walks you step-by-step through his intriguing forensic science analysis, revealing the methodology he used to solve the case other document examiners refused to accept. There is a twist to every story, and his methodology required a twist, too, in order to ensure a credible conclusion.
- Line by Line: Forensic Document Examination - A Strategy for Legal Professionals Forensic document examination, performed correctly, is a reliable discipline that can demonstrate the innocence of your client or the guilt of your opponent. Used strategically, it can help you settle out of court. When court is necessary, your document examiner can present a case so clearly that the outcome is beyond doubt. To achieve this, your document examiner must be proficient in the latest techniques and adept at reporting results. Knowing the techniques and strategies behind this discipline is crucial to selecting a proficient examiner. This book is an in-depth guide to help attorneys and legal professionals avoid common pitfalls in using forensic document examination. It dispels misunderstandings about the work performed by an examiner and their conclusions. You will learn the types of cases document examiners investigate, how you can partner with an examiner to develop your case and what deliverables to expect.