Robin Franks, MS, PG, CHMM, RSO

(Available Nationwide)

General Specialty

Indoor Air Quality

Specialty Focus

Building Sciences
Fuel Storage Tanks
Hazardous Waste
Industrial Hygiene
Loss Modeling
Oil and Gas
Organic Vapor
Real Estate Assessment
Remediation Design
Respiratory Protection
Risk Assessment

Primary Areas of Expertise

Environmental & Indoor Air Quality

35+ yrs. diverse experience, education, credentials & licensing in geology, biology, remediation, & hazardous materials management. For the built environment, I hold multiple credentials in asbestos, lead, indoor air quality, industrial hygiene, mold & bioaerosols, sick buildings, vapor intrusion, OSHA worker & evaluation of operational compliance & occupant hazards. I lecture & teach for UT Systems, JLL, Wal-Mart, major lenders & underwriters.

I practice environmental & industrial hygiene at TGE Resources, Inc., (Houston, TX), the firm I founded 30+ years ago. I am routinely retained across my diverse field – over 70 times with near equal defense & plaintiff representation. I have large case experience, I’ve served in class action litigation, & public and private sector suits. I am an expert in environmental geoscience & hazardous materials releases & spills within the transportation, bulk fuel, lube, and chemical industries.

I plan remediation strategies, actively cleanup & oversee work (by others) at environmentally damaged property, prepare highly reliable loss estimates, & review/rebut similar work by others. I gather & review field data, utilize sophisticated equipment, provide damage models, & produce superior, understandable expert reports, often under compressed timeframes.

I bring decades of real estate due diligence capability & risk assessment knowledge for impaired property across industrial, commercial, & oil & gas settings. I have performed over 500 assessments of hydrocarbon bulk fuel terminals, oil and gas wellhead locations, pipeline corridors, mid-stream bulk plants, & retail facilities.  I have been retained to evaluate developed and underutilized urban core real estate under “ready-for-reuse” programs that have involved extensively contaminated assets.

I routinely evaluate real property and inventory buildings for hazardous materials, abandoned contaminant sources, orphaned well sites & pits, and buried tanks & equipment. This work is routinely performed to advance real estate redevelopment, to cost-effectively demonstrate that the pathway of construction has been cleared for reuse, & for litigation when hazards are found during or post-construction.

As a certified first responder, I execute post-flood/fire emergency tasks in buildings & industry, which involve hazardous materials & chemicals, asbestos, PCBs, lead, microbial damage, pesticides, hydrocarbon, & solvents.  I am credentialed to identify the extent of mold & microbial damage, source its cause of loss, & prepare mold protocols for its remediation under forensic methods of investigation & building construction defect.

I have expertise in building systems & the mitigation of hazards in advance of renovation or demolition. Pathway of disturbance work involves asbestos abatement consulting, lead-based paint removal management, & regulated (hazardous) materials inventory for its removal from high-profile airports, hospitals, & public-use facilities.  I prepare, implement, rebut, & critically review specifications, remediation protocols, lead specifications, & remediation soil management plans, whether for litigation or industry.

I have evaluated diverse workplaces following loss reports due to safety and public health concerns & have offered mitigation strategies for worker safety under OSHA violation, including wrongful death claims & non-compliance-related exposures. I have served as an expert for multiple worker injury and wrongful death suits within the context of environmental exposure.

I have jury & bench trial experience & have prevailed under challenges involving real estate damage allegations & cost estimating. My expert reports, which typically involve highly technical subject matter, have been called “readable”, “easy to understand” and “straightforward”. I will consider the review of expert reports prepared by others, I will support your needs in preparation for trial, mediation, arbitration, or for general consult.



  • MS – Geology, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • BS – Geology, Stephen F. Austin State University
  • BS – Biology, Stephen F. Austin State University



  • Environmental Due Diligence
  • Industrial Hygiene (IH) Consulting
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Remediation
  • Environmental Compliance
  • Litigation Support


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