By CHRISTOPHER BOBBY
WARREN - A former Hubbard attorney admitted to practicing law without a license after he surrendered those credentials in November of 2012, according to response filed Thursday with the Ohio Supreme Court.
Richard LaCivita filed the response to meet a 20-day deadline to explain why he shouldn't be held in contempt.
Last month, the Trumbull County Bar Association filed a formal complaint, claiming LaCivita has continued to practice out of his Associated Land Title Co. on West Liberty Street.
The complaint stated that besides doing legal title work, LaCivita has routinely notarized numerous documents even though his notary commission had been revoked. He resigned with discipline pending more than a year ago.
LaCivita admitted, in the response, that he continued notarizing documents and failed to notify ''clients, tribunals, counsel and others that he had resigned from the practice of law.''
Although he maintained a law office and real estate office, he never practiced in any form before any court, judge, board, commission or other public authority, according to the response.
LaCivita says he has no client files and has since closed the law and title office.
He also admitted to failing to reimburse a Hubbard couple, who claims LaCivita bilked them out of $27,000 on a real estate deal.
LaCivita's response, prepared by attorney John Juhasz, asks for an ''opportunity to purge himself of any contempt by continuing not to practice law and by otherwise complying with the resignation order as best he is able.''