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.