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Former Hubbard attorney ordered again to stop practicing law

Published: Tue, January 14, 2014 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Ed Runyan



The Ohio Supreme Court has given former Hubbard attorney Richard J. LaCivita until Jan. 30 to file a written response to allegations by the Trumbull County Bar Association accusing him of practicing law without a license.

Specifically, the court ordered LaCivita to indicate in writing why he should not be held in contempt of court for his actions.

The contempt allegation arises from LaCivita’s purportedly practicing law despite the Supreme Court’s orders to the contrary.

The Supreme Court accepted LaCivita’s resignation as an attorney Nov. 26, 2012, with disciplinary action pending against him.

The Supreme Court’s orders were contained in a filing at that time.

Atty. Randil Rudoff, representing the Trumbull County Bar Association, said LaCivita continued to do title work through his company, Associated Land Title of Hubbard, after resigning his law license and after losing his license to issue title insurance.

LaCivita also failed to fulfil the requirements of the Supreme Court relating to the loss of his law license, such as notifying clients in pending matters to seek legal services elsewhere, Rudloff said.

LaCivita also continued to serve as a notary, which also was not allowed because he didn’t have a license for that after November 2012, Rudoff said.

As a result of the notary issues, LaCivita was charged in April 2013 and August 2013 in Girard Municipal Court with misdemeanor counts of acting as a notary after his license expired.

Both cases are pending.

The bar association filed a complaint Dec. 23, 2013, indicating LaCivita was working as an attorney without a license, and the Supreme Court last week ordered LaCivita to “immediately cease to hold himself forth as an attorney, desist and refrain from the practice of law in any form.”

LaCivita, admitted to the bar in 1975, lists a home address on Tippecanoe Place in Canfield and has had law offices on Youngstown-Hubbard Road in Hubbard and West Liberty Street in Hubbard.


1Askmeificare(1170 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

Why not crucify the guy as well? No other 'punishment' has seemingly worked, so plant the guy atop a landfill hill and have at it.

Next to him can be Marc Dann and on the other side can be Antonini.

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2michael1757(489 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

If this guy has until the 30th to file a written response,isn't that in itself practising law?

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3southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

AW, he just wants to practice law....

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4kensgirl(1057 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

If you become a lawyer you're just saying out loud "I'm a puke." Never met a decent one.

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5bumslife(28 comments)posted 2 years, 5 months ago

And let's not forget the nepotism/cronyism that allows one's private practice attourney who also happens to be a sitting judge to hear cases in his court that involve private clients while not reclusing himself from the bench over a conflict of interest. Trust me, I've been there, had the course, and bought the union (sit in jail) card that goes with these cases...

If someone out there that is legally versed would care to respond to me as to what I can do to fight this type of thing, I would be forever indebted.

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6sameolhub(56 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

I have known this piece of human excrement since his teen age years. I am not surprised that finally justice was served and he was forced to retire to avoid disbarment. He joins a list of Hubbard lawyers who have been an utter embarrassment to the community and their family's. What goes around comes around Richie, as you know see. I just hope during the investigations of the other agencies they find enough to cause you complete misery, because you truly deserve it.

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7sameolhub(56 comments)posted 2 years, 3 months ago

This guy has always felt that he was "above" the law

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