Dunlap, 53, has been the company's top lawyer through many notable legal battles, including tumultuous copyright infringement. His contributions also helped enact the Chip Protection Act of 1984, which gave intellectual-property protection to chip design layouts. Dunlap joined Intel in 1974 as a product engineer. Sewell joined the company in 1995.
F. Thomas Dunlap Jr., who has served as Intel's general counsel since 1983, plans to retire Nov. 1. His replacement: D. Bruce Sewell, who is currently deputy general counsel.