Howard C. Rile, Jr.

ASQDE President - 2006-2008

Howard C. Rile, Jr.

Howard Rile was the 29th President of the American Society of Questioned Document Examiners.

Mr. Rile graduated from California State University at Los Angeles in 1968 with a Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry. From 1968 to 1972, he worked as a chemist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. From 1972 to 1974, he trained as a forensic document examiner with John J. Harris at the firm of Harris and Harris, Los Angeles, California. Between 1974 and 1979, Mr. Rile was a document examiner with the Los Angeles County Auditor-Controller  From 1979 to 1983, he was the questioned document examiner for the State of Colorado at the Colorado Bureau of Investigation in Denver. Since 1983, he has been in private practice.  After leaving Colorado, he was again affiliated with Harris and Harris until 1996.  Currently, Mr. Rile is associated with Frank Hicks in the firm of Rile & Hicks in Huntington Beach, California.

Prior to his election as President of the ASQDE, Mr. Rile served the Society as a Director, Secretary, and Vice President.  He is a Diplomate and Past President of the American Board of Forensic Document Examiners.  He is also a member of the Southwestern Association of Forensic Document Examiners, the Questioned Document Section of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the Canadian Society of Forensic Science, and the Questioned Document Subcommittee of ASTM International.

Howard Rile is the author of a number of professional papers and is well known for his signature workshops.  He was one of a group of authors that revised Scientific Examination of Questioned Documents, 2nd Edition.