Forensic Video, Inc. (FVI), located in Minneapolis, Minnesota, is one of the oldest and most experienced trial support companies in the United States. FVI offers the most complete range of litigation services in the country. We can take a case from imaging to courtroom presentation, video and audio analysis to 3-D computer animation. All work is in house, under our direct security, cost and scheduling control.

FVI has long-standing relationships and experience with virtually all litigation support software makers. We fit our services with the approach and tools you are experienced with including TrailDirector, Summation and Concordance.

In over FVI's 15 years of operation, the company continues to be at leading edge in applying tested technologies to the legal profession. Forensic Video has many firsts, including the first computer animation admitted in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and the first to use DVD in the courtroom. We have practiced in over 25 states and most federal districts.

Forensic Video, Inc., is a "full-service" litigation service bureau and provides services in the following areas:

  • Animation & Graphics
  • Imaging and Printing Services
  • Database Design and Management
  • Document Repository
  • Trial Consulting
  • Expert Witness Services (Human Sight, Audio & Video Analysis, Firearms & Weapons)
  • Expert Witness preperation
  • Courtroom Presentation
  • Video Transcript Processing
  • Video and Audio Analysis

Forensic Video, Inc., is a member of the following organizations:

  • Minnesota State Bar Association (Non-lawyer membership)
  • National Association of Trial Specialists

Forensic Video, Inc. has participated in trials across the United States. A representative sampling of cases includes:

  • The Chicago Flood (Marshall Fields v. City of Chicago)
  • Schwan’s Sales Enterprises v. AMPI, et al.
  • Garcia v. Fisher Control Systems, Inc.
  • Americold Fire
  • Airline Antitrust Suite
  • Huffman v. Pepsi-Co
  • Norwest Bank Fire
  • NSP v. Westinghouse
  • City of Austin, TX v. HP&L
  • DuPage County Courthouse case JOF v. HOK
  • Factory Mutual v. Ford Motor Company

Forensic Video has presented in over 24 states and in almost every federal district. We have worked with hundreds of lawyers to make their case more powerful and persuasive.

Forensic Video provides full litigation support consulting services for both plaintiff and defense lawyers nationwide. A representative client listing includes:

  • The Department of Justice – Office of Special Counsel
  • Kirkland and Ellis
  • Mayer Brown and Platt
  • The United States Postal Service
  • Hinshaw and Culbertson
  • Robins Kaplan Miller and Ciresi
  • Faegre Benson
  • Leonard Street and Deinard
  • Dorsey Whitney

Richard Diercks - President

Richard Diercks founded Forensic Video, Inc. (FVI) in 1984 to focus communications, computer, video, film and graphics technology on litigation support. One of the company's primary capabilities has been computer animation and simulation coupled with DVD, Laser disc and barcode driven courtroom presentation. All systems can be controlled through database management, both full-text and relational.

Diercks is a regular CLE presenter and has written articles on the admissibility of computer generated and other demonstrative evidence.

Richard Diercks has been in key creative and management positions in marketing, video, and graphics businesses for over 25 years. He has produced, written or directed over 500 training and corporate programs, over 1,000 television commercials, and has more than 250 DVDs and videos in current national distribution.

The Richard Diercks Company, Inc. (a sister company with common ownership to that of Forensic Video) is one of the largest producers of law-enforcement training videos in the United States and has worked with law enforcement department throughout the United States and in the U.K.

He has testified as an expert in numerous cases as to the efficacy of computer graphics, animation, photography and other technology-based analytical tools as applied to various types of evidence. This includes audio analysis of voice recording of poor quality or high interference, such as cellular telephone conversations. Diercks has analyzed audio recordings and testified regarding possible tampering, erasure and over-dubbing.

He is a court-recognized expert on human vision as it is relates to video and computer screens, especially in 3-dimensional modeling and animation. He has testified in numerous cases regarding the accuracy and faithfulness of such computer-generated images, including site plans, elevations, and fire and accident reconstructions. His extensive film, photography and video production background is particularly useful in the development and review of point-of-view 3-D animation.

Forensic Video computer animation has been admitted in scores of cases around the country. It's been the first computer animation ever accepted in several states including Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Cases for which major work was done include the Norwest Bank Building fire (Minneapolis, 1985), DuPage County Courthouse (SBS, 1994), the Chicago Flood (1998) and the Fisher propane explosion (2000).

He has also testified as to audio validity for clients such as Norwest Trust. Forensic Video, Inc., employs the "NoNoise" sound studio developed by Sonic Solutions, Inc. - the best audio analysis and noise reduction package currently commercially available.

Richard Diercks is also president and founder of Digital Light, Inc., a leading-edge computer graphics and animation company working primarily in 3-D modeling and motion. Running on Silicon Graphics workstations, most modeling Forensic Video software is scientifically grounded in both physics and geometry. This means it can accurately reflect all aspects on any 3-D object, even if only a few actual measurements are known.

Educational and Professional Background

Richard Diercks received his B.A. from the University of Minnesota where he majored in Business Administration and minored in Journalism and Film production.

He put himself through school by working full time as a news dispatcher, reporter and photojournalist for WCCO-TV, the Twin Cities' CBS affiliate.

From 1965 to 1972 he was in marketing and advertising with Campbell-Mithun, the Midwest's largest agency, rising to the position of Account Supervisor. He was the youngest person to achieve that position.

At Wilson Learning Corporation Diercks created video training programs aimed primarily at improving verbal and non-verbal communication and observation skills.

As president of The EmCom Group, Inc. Diercks ran one of the largest video and film production companies in the Midwest. EmCom pioneered in the use of interactive video and computer-based learning.

He has served on the Board of Directors of several high-tech companies, including Pattern Processing Technologies, Inc. and CNS, Inc