Ms. Franks, P.G, CHMM, holds dual degrees in Geology (BS & MS) and Biology (BS) and multi-state licensing for Asbestos & Mold survey & remediation; she has 35 years of consulting experience in environmental real estate assessment (Phase I, II, and III); industrial hygiene (IH) for building complaint ("sick building"), lead, & other hazardous materials; real property remediation; and environmental compliance program development. Niche specialties include insurance defense involving "built environment" IH & construction defect loss, especially under occupant complaints. She holds a Mold Assessment Consultant (MAC) & Asbestos Individual Consultant license in Texas. Her IH work and multi-state licensing have been applied to thousands of forensic investigations in commercial & varied industrial settings. Her multi-state licensing in geoscience is routinely leveraged within the oil & gas field (up and downstream) under emergency response (well site failure, spills, etc.), divestiture assessment, and NORMs survey for permit retirement/remediation. Ms. Franks' compliance work has involved AST bulk storage facilities, USTs (industry & retail), and pipelines in remote & urban settings, allowing their sustained use. Her "urban core” land repurposing work has involved over 50 locations; targeting redevelopment of highly contaminated property & mitigation of impacted media with permanent engineering & institutional controls to ensure "ready for re-use". Ms. Franks continues to technically serve the firm's clients while offering expert witness services as retained, which has involved ~ 50 cases, trial testimony, and other litigation support.
- Above Ground Storage Tank (AST)
- Hazardous Materials
- Hazardous Waste
- Industrial Hygiene & Mold
- Lead Poisoning
- Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
- A: • Dual Bachelor of Science Degrees in Geology and Biology (1982) - SFASU
• Master of Science in Geology (1988) - SFASU
• State of Texas Professional Geoscientist – (PG #875)
• Professional Geologist – Mississippi (PG #0778)
• Professional Geologist – Tennessee (#TN3213)
• Institute of Hazardous Materials Management Certification (Master Level CHMM #3725)
• Texas Corrective Action Project Manager (CAPM #642)
• Radiation Safety Officer and NORM Surveyor/Supervisor – NRC Compliant
• Texas Department of Licensing & Regulation Microbial Assessment Consultant (#MAC270)
• Texas DSHS-Licensed Lead Abatement Supervisor (#2080002)
• Texas DSHS-Licensed Asbestos Consultant (#105379)–Inspector; Designer/Planner; Supervisor
• Arkansas DEQ– Asbestos Certification (#015166) – Inspector; Designer; Supervisor
• Florida DEQ – Microbial Assessor (#MRSA1712)
- Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
- A: • Houston Chapter of Certified Hazardous Materials Managers (CHMM)
• Institute for Hazardous Materials Managers (IHMM)
• ASTM International
• Texas Association of Professional Geoscientists
• National Association of Environmental Professionals (NAEP)
• Air and Waste Management Association
• American Industrial Hygiene Association
• Indoor Air Quality Association (IAQA)
• National Groundwater Association (NGWA)
• Association of Environmental and Engineering Geologists (AEG)
• Association of Environmental Health and Sciences (AEHS)
• Texas Association of Environmental Professionals (TAEP)
• Geological Society of America (GSA)
• Environmental Bankers Association (EBA) - Consultant Associate
- Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
- A: • Members of the Risk Mitigation Workshop – Guest Speaker: “Processes & Procedures for Testing,
Remediating, Certifying Mold-Damaged Single-Family Homes.” Attendees included Houston Habitat;
Housing and Fifth Ward CDC to name a few. (December 2020)
• Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., - Presentation: “HVAC COVID-19 Implications.” How to reduce HVAC
transmission risk (July 2020).
• McDermott – Crisis Management Call regarding deep cleaning against Coronavirus; EPA-registered
disinfectants for use; implications of FIFRA; and biocide selection procedures (surface compatibility;
employee response; biocide availability, etc.) (March 2020).
• Houston Airport System (HAS) – Presentation: Strategic Testing & Operations Plan – A 12 step process
for systematically guiding structures through the demolition/decommissioning process (August 2017).
• BBVA/Jones Lang LaSalle – Presentation: Characterizing & Managing Asbestos in Commercial
Buildings: A Property & Construction Manager’s Guide (June 2017)
• BBVA/Jones Lang LaSalle – Presentation: Indoor Air Quality & Mold Considerations for Facility
Managers and Construction Project Managers (April 2017)
• The University of Texas Health Science Center (Instructor) – Pre-Certification Training: Institute of
Hazardous Materials Managers (2003 to Present): “Environmental Assessments (ASTM et.al); Petroleum
Storage Tank Management; Environmental Regulations and Statutes; Resource Conservation and
Act (RCRA); Federal Insecticide Fungicide and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA); and National Environmental
• Environmental Banker’s Association: Semi-Annual National Conference: “Land-Based Well Blowout: A
Remediation Case Study (South Louisiana)” (December 2015)
• Tianjin University (China) “The International Symposium on Construction of Tianjin”
Presentation/Speaker – “Proactive Systems & Rapid Response Actions to Reduce & Mitigate Human &
Natural Resource Damage Following Catastrophic (Hazardous Materials) Incidents in Industry” (October
• Colliers International - Guest Lecturer: “Changes to Due Diligence Guidance” (June 2014)
• Comerica, Guest Lecturer: “Changes to Due Diligence Guidance & the 8 Biggest Failures in Commercial
Property Risk Management (And How to Avoid Them)” (May 2014)
• SEAK, Environmental Litigation Expert: “Making the Complex Understandable: What Works for Expert
Witnesses” (May 2014)
• Comerica Bank, Guest Lecturer: “Environmental Risks” – Training for Loan Officers (September 2012)
• Environmental Bankers Association – Webinar: “Use of Geophysical Methods to Promote Optimized &
Non-Intrusive Environmental Site Assessment” (October 2010)
• Environmental Bankers Association: “RCRA Implications for Materially Impaired Real Property
Assessment – Is a Voluntary Cleanup Program Certificate Attainable and Protective? Implications for
upon Foreclosure” (January 2010)
• Forensic Expert Witness Association, Texas Summer Conference – Discussion Panel: “The Valuable
Environmental/Engineering Expert Witness: The Lawyer’s Perspective” (July 2009)
• Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., Supplier Development Seminar – Presentation: “The Contracting Process – How
to Work for Wal-Mart” (November 2008)
• Comerica Bank, Regional Technical Environmental Seminar – Presentation: “Vapor Intrusion Hazards
and Application of the ASTM Standard” (November 2008)
• Environmental Data Resources, Inc. – Panelist: “Due Diligence at Dawn Forum” (April 2008)
• Environmental Banker’s Association – Presentation/Speaker – Semi-Annual National Conference:
“Environmental Considerations for Operating Oil & Gas Fields & Facilities” (January 2008)
• Retained Lecturer of the Canadian Consulate – Saskatchewan (SEWAQ) Environmental Conference;
Presentation: “Environmental Opportunities in Texas, Louisiana & Mexico” (February 2006)
• American Institute of Architects Houston, 10th Annual “Design for Health” Guest Lecturer: “Infection
Control in Architecture” (2005)
• American Institute of Architects Houston – Guest Speaker: “Infection Control in Healthcare and
Environmental Considerations for the Built Environment” (2005)
• Comerica Bank, Environmental Risk Management – Guest Speaker: “Environmental Regulations in
Texas – An Update” (2004 and 2005)
• Memorial Hermann Healthcare System – Executive Project Manager’s & Property Manager’s Group
Meeting: “Environmental Considerations in the Healthcare Environment” (2003 and 2004)
• State Farm Insurance Company – Presentation to Executive Team & Adjusters: “Biocontamination of
Building Materials – Identification and Control” (2001 and 2002)
• American Woman’s Society of Certified Public Accountants of Houston (AWSCPA) – Presentation:
“Consideration of Environmental Issues in Financial/Tax Reporting” (1998)
- Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
- A: None - all in good standing; never litigated against or experienced any complaint or censure
- Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Approximately 50
- Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
- A: Asbestos
Mold & bioaerosols
Real estate assessment & remediation (including remediation cost estimating)
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
- A: ~41%
- Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
- A: ~59%
- Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
- A: 26 cases; 8 cases involved multiple events or continued deposition
- Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
- A: February 2021
- Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
- A: Unsure; not always involved in this step - likely at least 10
- Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
- A: ~ 15
- Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
- A: ~ 50
- Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
- A: Environmental consulting; air, soil, groundwater, media & waste testing for field and analytical (lab) characterization; property inspection & survey; preparation of expert reports, peer reviews, conceptual cost estimates, highly reliable cost estimates
- Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
- A: $325.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
- A: $325.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
- A: $325.
- Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
- A: $487 (1.5x hourly - 8 hr min.)
- Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
- A: Travel expenses (unless direct paid by retaining counsel); equipment rental daily use; laboratory fees; other third-party costs at cost +15% - fee schedule available.
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