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Did this person actually strike or touch your husband, either with some part of his body or with some other object?
Were there any witnesses other than the children?
Ok, then he would be well within his legal rights to file a criminal complaint against the other person for assault and battery. When someone engages in an unlawful touching, it is a crime and can be prosecuted as such, whether he is an attorney or not.
As an attorney, he should know better as there are more serious potential repercussions for an attorney through the Bar Association than for a non attorney. An attorney typically has to explain any criminal charge to the Bar and they can take additional punitive action over and above any criminal penalties.
So if husband wants to pursue this, he can go down to the local District Attorney's office and file a formal private complaint or visit the local police station and swear out a complaint..