ARB BOARD MEMBERS
William T. Barto, Chair
William T. Barto was appointed as the chair and chief judge of the Board in January 2019. Chief Judge Barto most recently served as an Administrative Law Judge for the U.S. Department of Labor, in which capacity he presided over formal adversarial hearings concerning a wide variety of labor-related matters, including claims arising under the Black Lung Benefits Act, the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act, and dozens of other labor-related statutes and regulations involving whistleblower complaints, immigration, child labor, employment discrimination, and federal construction and service contracts. Before coming to the Department of Labor, Chief Judge Barto held a variety of responsible positions in the Social Security Administration, the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, and the Department of the Army. An honorably retired Army veteran, Chief Judge Barto has also received a Master of Laws from the Judge Advocate Generals School, a Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of North Carolina School Of Law, and a Bachelor of Arts with departmental and general honors from Johns Hopkins University.
James Haynes, Member
James Haynes was appointed to the Administrative Review Board in January 2019. He previously served for ten years as a Member and Alternate Judge on the Employees Compensation Appeals Board of the Department of Labor. Before his federal service, Judge Haynes was a senior trial counsel for the Maryland Injured Workers’ Insurance Fund where he litigated for twenty years in the various trial and appellate courts of Maryland. He has also served as a Maryland Assistant Attorney General and as Counsel to the state Senate Finance Committee. 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. Burrell began his federal service with the Board in 2006. Burrell 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. 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.