Judge Patricia M. Filiberto has served as a Judge for 18 years, as District Court and Acting County Court Judge.  She has earned a solid reputation as a knowledgeable, fair, no-nonsense Judge, who works hard to preserve the peace and safety of our communities.

Judge Patricia Filiberto presided over thousands of criminal cases every year, including DWI, assault, drug possession and sex abuse, from arrest through trial or plea, to sentence.  Currently, Judge Filiberto serves as the Guardianship Court Judge in Suffolk County where she protects the interests of older adults who because of physical or mental disability are vulnerable to abuse. As the former Presiding Judge of the Felony Disposition Court, Judge Filiberto handled thousands of serious felony cases.  As a Senior Prosecutor in the Suffolk DA’s Office for a decade, Patricia Filiberto prosecuted DWI fatality/serious physical injury cases.  In the DA’s Appeals Bureau, Patricia Filiberto won affirmances of trial court convictions in homicides and major drug cases. She trained the DA’s staff and advised Suffolk Police on Megan’s Law, The Sex Offender Registration Act. 

As Presiding Judge of the Suffolk County Drug Treatment Court, Judge Patricia Filiberto monitored participants chosen by the D.A.’s Office for drug treatment, job training and re-entry into the work force.

Selected by New York’s Chief Judge in 1999 to the statewide Family Violence Task Force, Judge Patricia Filiberto is the only Suffolk Judge on that task force.  The Task Force updates judges on important issues that affect our society: elder abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault, treatment for sex offenders, angjer management programs, and children as witnesses in the courtroom.

The Fund for Modern Courts, an independent group of court monitors, observed Judge Filiberto in her courtroom on different days.  They found her “to be courteous, professional, and she maintained control of the courtroom.”  They “were impressed by the judge’s detailed explanations … easy to understand” and said, “Judge Filiberto was a pleasure to observe.”  “The judge did a good job.”

Judge Patricia Filiberto was chosen “Judge of the Year” by the Suffolk Columbian Lawyers Association and was named a “Woman of Distinction” by the NYS Senate.

Judge Patricia Filiberto has proven herself to be the right person for the bench – vote and elect her with confidence that she will continue to preserve our quality of life with impartial justice for all.


Personal Speaking...

  • Patricia Filiberto has lived and raised her family in Suffolk County for more than 45 years.  She is proud of her family.  Her son, David, holds a PhD from Cornell University and works in research.  Pat is the proud grandmother of two granddaughters.
  • She is a former teacher in the Sachem School District where she worked while attending St. John’s University Law School at night.  While a Senior Prosecutor in the Suffolk DA’s Office during the day, Pat, for many years in the evening, also was an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure at SUNY – Stony Brook.  Over the years, she has encouraged many of her former Stony Brook students, especially older students with families, to attend law school, pointing to her own career path – attending law school at night, teaching public school during the day, and caring for her family – night and day.
  • For recreation Pat enjoys Italian cooking, golf, and mystery novels.




Our Distinctions

"Judge of the Year" Suffolk County Columbian Lawyers Assoc., 2000
Appointed to NYS Family Violence Task Force – Only Suffolk Judge Chosen!
Honored at Town of Islip's Women's History Month, 2004
Recognized as one of NYS Senate "Women of Distinction", 2003
New York Law Journal profiled her career in front page article, 2002
Appointed by Governor's Office to Commission on Women's Issues – Suffolk County Chapter, 1995-1997
Appointed by Congressman Lazio to Military Academy Selection Board, 1994-1997