Irvine-based St. John Knits International Inc. is losing its general counsel to another Orange County company.

Daniel Burke is set to leave St. John, which sells upscale women's clothes and accessories, for Irvine-based Pacific Dental Services Inc. in September.

Pacific Dental builds and manages dentists' offices, offering services such as human resources, billing and collections.

Burke is credited with helping St. John trim its legal expenditures and ramp up loss prevention efforts while overseeing the company’s legal, human resources, loss prevention and risk management departments.

He was honored last month at the Orange County Business Journal's General Counsel Awards.

St. John is expected to rely on the heads of the various departments Burke oversaw to fill his duties, with no plans to hire a new general counsel.

Burke joined St. John in 2006 after a three-year stint as general counsel at Merrimack, N.H.-based retailer Brookstone Inc.