Frank Dennis Saylor IV (born 1955) is a United States federal judge .


Early life and education

Born in Royal Oak, Michigan , Saylor received a B.S. from Northwestern University in 1977 and a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1981.


He was in private practise at Goodwin Procter in Boston , 1981-1987 from 1993 to 2004. He had been an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts from 1987 to 1990. He had been a Special counsel & chief of staff to the assistant attorney general of the Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, D.C. from 1990 to 1993.

Saylor represented Circor International, Inc. and KF Industries, Inc. and senior company officials as a criminal defence attorney while those companies were under investigation for smuggling Chinese-manufactured valves and selling the valves as a product of the U.S. between 2001 and 2004. The U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas, Michael Shelby, dismissed the investigation days after Saylor was confirmed by the Senate.

On July 30, 2003, Saylor was nominated by President George W. Bush to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts vacated by Robert E. Keeton . Saylor was confirmed by the United States Senate on June 1, 2004, and received his commission on June 2, 2004. He is simultaneously serving a 2011-2018 term on the FISA Court . [2]