James D. McGinley, Chair and Chief Judge

James D. McGinley was appointed as Chair of the Board, and Chief Administrative Appeals Judge in August 2020. He most recently served as the Clerk of the Court for the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Formerly a partner in the civil litigation firm of Hiepler & Hiepler, Chief Judge McGinley also served as a Judge (Pro Tem) for the Superior Court of the State of California, County of Ventura. He possesses extensive experience in complex civil litigation, international negotiation, enterprise-wide leadership, and the management of multi-agency projects. Chief Judge McGinley holds a Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, California. He also served as the Editor of the California Survey for the Pepperdine Law Review.  He received a Master of Laws in National Security Law, and a Certificate in International Arbitration and Dispute Resolution both from Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C. He is a member of the California, District of Columbia, and United States Supreme Court bars.

James Haynes, Member

James Haynes was appointed to the Administrative Review Board in January 2019. He previously served for ten years at the Department of Labor as an Alternate Member and Judge on the Employees’ Compensation Appeals Board. Before his federal service, Judge Haynes was a Senior Counsel for the Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund of Maryland where he litigated administrative, trial and appellate cases. He served as an Assistant Attorney General of Maryland. He advised the Finance Committee of the State Senate as Committee Counsel. He served as a trial attorney handling misdemeanor and felony cases for both Federal and State Public Defenders. Judge Haynes received his undergraduate and his Law degree from the University of Maryland.

Thomas H. Burrell, Member

Thomas H. Burrell was appointed to the Administrative Review Board in August 2019. Judge Burrell began his federal service with the Board in 2006. He received his Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration from Illinois State University and his law degree from the Washington College of Law American University where he served on the American University Law Review. Judge Burrell is a member of the Virginia State Bar.

Heather C. Leslie, Member

Heather C. Leslie was appointed to the Administrative Review Board in September 2019. She most recently served as an Administrative Appeals Judge for the District of Columbia Compensation Appeals Board, in which capacity she adjudicated appeals brought under private and public sector workers’ compensation acts. Judge Leslie was previously an Administrative Law Judge in the District of Columbia Department of Employment Services and Assistant General Counsel for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. Judge Leslie holds a Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Florida State University. She is a member of the bars of Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Randel K. Johnson, Member

Randel K. Johnson was appointed to the Administrative Review Board in August 2020. Formerly a partner in the law firm of Seyfarth Shaw, his career history includes stints with the Department of Labor’s Office of Administrative of Law Judges, the Department’s Office of the Solicitor, serving as Labor Counsel to the United States House of Representatives’ Education and Labor Committee and as Senior Vice President for Labor Immigration & Employee Benefits with the US Chamber of Commerce. Judge Johnson is a graduate of the University of Maryland Law School and holds a Masters of Laws from the Georgetown University Law Center and a Graduate Certificate from Harvard University’s Senior Managers in Government Program. He is a member of the Maryland, District of Columbia and various Federal bars. Johnson is also a Member of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. His bookend achievements of his time on Capitol Hill include work leading to enactment of  the American with Disabilities Act and the Congressional Accountability Act extending private sector employment laws to the Congress for the first time.