A nationally recognized, 40-year-old San Diego law firm announced Monday that it is splitting into five separate firms.

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge (KNL&H) said the new firms are: Kirby & Kirby LLP, Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach LLP, Hoge Law Firm, The Law Office of Steven W. Sanchez and The Law Office of Christopher T. Wright.

The separation will allow each firm to pursue its areas of expertise, according to a news release. Some of the firms will continue to work together on cases.

Kirby & Kirby LLP will be located at 501 W. Broadway, across the street from the downtown courthouse. The firm is led by Michael L. Kirby and Jason M. Kirby, who have been partners together at KNL&H for almost a decade. The Kirbys and associate attorney Heather W. Schallhorn will continue their business litigation and trial-focused practice, representing both plaintiffs and defendants.

Noonan Lance Boyer & Banach LLP (“NoonanLance”) will remain in the East Village, but will be moving to new office space in the historic Pack Loft Building near the ballpark. The firm will be led by partners David Noonan, James Lance, Ethan Boyer and Micaela Banach, along with associate Genevieve Ruch, and will focus on complex commercial litigation, including real estate, legal malpractice defense and employment law.

Hoge Law Firm will be based in La Jolla, where Charles T. Hoge has been a resident for the past 20 years. His practice specialties include partnership, real estate, employment, intellectual property, unfair competition, trade secret and professional liability matters.

The Law Office of Steven W. Sanchez will be located in Bonita, Sanchez’s home for the past 43 years. He will continue to represent clients in the areas of business, commercial, and complex litigation as well as professional malpractice defense.

The Law Office of Christopher T. Wright will be based in a LEED Gold-certified building in the East Village. A native San Diegan, Wright will continue to serve clients in the areas of employment law, personal injury and business litigation, including real estate and construction matters.

KNL&H partner Andrea K. Russell will continue to work as independent legal counsel to some of these firms and various other clients. Other personnel, including paralegals and support staff, will continue on in their current roles with the firms listed above.