Apple has hired Intel’s top lawyer, Bruce Sewell, replacing the company’s General Counsel and senior vice president, Legal and Government Affairs, Daniel Cooperman, who has served in the role for the last two years and will be retiring at the end of September.

“We are thrilled to have Bruce join our executive team, and wish Dan a very happy retirement,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “With Bruce’s extensive experience in litigation, securities and intellectual property, we expect this to be a seamless transition.”

Sewell’s no stranger to Apple. Prior to joining Intel he was a partner in the litigation firm of Brown and Bain, where he handled such notable cases as the landmark fight between Apple Computer and Microsoft Corporation over the copyright of the Macintosh Graphical User Interface.

At Intel Sewell served as senior vice president and general counsel, supervising a team of roughly 600 attorneys and policy professionals across 30 countries.

Sewell also represented Intel on several professional, legislative and policy boards in the United States and abroad. He has been profiled in Fortune Magazine and was recognized in 2006 as one of the 100 Most Influential Lawyers by California Lawyer magazine and the legal Daily Journal.

Mr. Sewell is a frequent contributor and lecturer in the areas of global business development, innovation economies, international competition, and intellectual property rights.

He joined Intel in 1995 as a senior attorney assigned to counsel various business groups in areas such as antitrust compliance, licensing and intellectual property. In 2001, Sewell was promoted to vice president and deputy general counsel, managing Intel’s litigation portfolio, and handled corporate transactions including M&A activities.

Sewell was admitted to the California Bar in 1986 and to the Washington D.C. Bar in 1987. He received his J.D. from George Washington University in 1986, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Lancaster, in the United Kingdom, in 1979.

Just out of interest, here’s Sewell talking on CEO responsibility and regulation at Davos this year:

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