"The Court found Ms. James' testimony to be clear, direct, positive, free from contradiction, and quite compelling."

Honorable Martin Lowy,
101st Dallas County Court



Linda James

Linda James is a Board Certified Forensic Document Examiner, certified by the National Association of Document Examiners (NADE). Additionally, Linda holds certificates from the National Questioned Document Association, the American Institute of Applied Science I.A.S. Forensic Science Program in Forensic Science which includes, but not limited to, Questioned Document and Police Photography, and the College Notre-Dame-de-Foy, Canada in Introduction to Document Examination Equipment. In 2016, Linda met the requirements for recertification with NADE.

Linda is court-qualified and has testified in court and by deposition in numerous cases involving questioned signatures on anonymous notes, forged signatures and contracts, disputed wills, altered typewritten documents, and many other questioned document cases. In her capacity as a forensic document examiner, Linda has testified in Probate, Bankruptcy, State, Federal, Singapore and Alaska courts and for the State Bar of Texas. She has also been qualified and met the guidelines under the Daubert/Dupont hearings. Her opinions have been judicially admitted.

She completed the Police Academy Basic Instructor Course through the North Central Texas Council of Governments. She holds a license from the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officers Standards and Education and is an instructor for continuing education credits for Texas law enforcement agencies and Texas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies in question document examination. Linda has been published in the Journal for the National Association of Document Examiners.

- Presently serving as President of the National Association of Document Examiners (NADE)
- 2013 to 2017 served as NADE Certification Chairperson
- 2009 to 2013 served as President of the National Association of Document Examiners (NADE)
- 2005 to 2009 served as 1st Vice President of the National Association of Document Examiners (NADE)
- 2000 to 2005 served as NADE Bylaws chairperson
- 2001 to 2002 served on the Board of the Dallas Chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners    as Secretary and in 1998 to 1999 as Associate Director.

Linda's clients include several Fortune 500 Companies, State, National, and International Attorneys, District Attorney office, United States Army Trial Defense Service, U. S. Department of Justice/FBI, Federal Public Defenders Office, Individuals, Private Corporations, Major Airlines, Insurance Companies, Hospitals, Telephone Companies, and State Counsel for Offenders - A Division of Texas Department of Criminal Justice. She has rendered opinions and testified for the plaintiff as well as the defense in both criminal and civil matters in other states and internationally. She has also testified in Singapore and Alaska.

Linda has owned and operated her own business since 1994. Her professional affiliations are with the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences, the National Association of Document Examiners, the Fraud Investigator’s Association of Texas, the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts, the Association of Forensic Document Examiners, and the Texas Division-Intl. Association for Identification, Texas Division.




Ginger K. McKinnon

My name is Ginger K. McKinnon. My training started in 1994 where I worked for ADHES part-time as the office manager and creating court exhibits / illustration charts while studying the forensic document examination course. In 1996, I was trained on several copy machines and software programs for Kinko’s to assist others in creating the perfect document, flyer, announcement, and presentations both large and small. Throughout the years, I have worked with various software programs to help illustrate the findings of various cases for Linda James under her direction. I have also created numerous training manuals and other office forms using such software. I have assisted in creating many presentations through PowerPoint.

In 2006, I successfully completed the written exam as required for Board Certification and opened the Austin Branch of ADHES, where I continued to mentor under Linda James. December 2012, we closed the Austin Branch and in January 2013, I became full-time office manager and junior examiner for the Plano office. My knowledge is based on 20+ years of working extensive hours with different software programs and evolving my skills as technology changes. I have over 10 years of direct, first-hand experience of forensic document and handwriting case work and tutelage on technical equipment combined. I have been attending continuing education classes pertinent to my field since 2005. I have presented or assisted in presenting 7 times to fraud examiners, licensed investigators, and other examiners in my field.

In 2019, at the National Association of Document Examiners (NADE) 40th Conference, I completed my pursuit of Board Certification by passing the oral examination and all requirements set forth by NADE. Since 2008, I have been the chairperson on various Board positions for NADE. Currently, I am the Bylaws Chairperson for NADE. I hold memberships with National Association of Document Examiners (NADE), Fraud Investigator’s Association of Texas (FIAT), and Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA). More than 1 year ago, I accepted partnership in ADHES and am very excited to work along-side Linda James.