Patrick Bisogno, an attorney representing his sister in a Staten Island Family Court child support matter, was arrested after allegedly assaulting his former brother-in-law. In reports by the New York Law Journal and the Staten Island Advance (SILive.com), Bisogno was accused of punching the father, John Libertella, of Valley Stream, in the nose.
Bisogno, of Bisogno & Meyerson, LLP in Brooklyn, denied the allegations during a phone call with the Advance. Libertella told the Advance that the altercation occurred May 9th, in a Family Court elevator, after Bisogno hurled insults at him, calling him “deadbeat dad.”
Bisogno does not deny making that statement. He told the Advance that Libertella was $47,000 in arrears in his child support payments. Libertella told the Advance that he was a self-employed podiatrist, and that the judge in the original divorce proceeding imputed a salary number to him “that’s not reflective of what my taxes say.” “To me, that’s false,” he said.
According to the Advance, Libertella claimed Bisogno said Libertella would never see his daughter again, a statement Bisogno denies making.
Libertella said he was treated at Richmond University Medical Center and released. He told the Advance that the vision in his left eye was blurry as a result of the incident. In the story by Andrew Keshner in the Law Journal, a police spokesman stated that there were “no visible injuries.”
Bisogno told the Law Journal and Advance said that he never laid a hand on Libertella. Rather, after Libertella told him he was videotaping him at the Family Court, he put up his hand to block the camera, never touching Libertella. Bisogno said that Libertella’s allegations were a ploy to have him removed as his sister’s attorney.