The attorney is charged with zealous representation
of their client. There is a lot of discussion (in and out of court) about the ethics of how far that is to go, but in all honesty, zealous representation almost always wins out as opposed to "court officer."
The primary ethical obligations are under "Rules of Professional Conduct for Attorneys at Law." Specifically, Rule 1.3 states:
"A lawyer should pursue a matter on behalf of a client despite opposition, obstruction or personal inconvenience to the lawyer, and take whatever lawful and ethical measures are required to vindicate a client's cause or endeavor. A lawyer must also act with commitment and dedication to the interests of the client and with zeal in advocacy upon the client's behalf. A lawyer is not bound, however, to press for every advantage that might be realized for a client. For example, a lawyer may have authority to exercise professional discretion in determining the means by which a matter should be pursued. ... The lawyer's duty to act with reasonable diligence does not require the use of offensive tactics or preclude the treating of all persons involved in the legal process with courtesy and respect."
Now, one can make an complaint to the Bar that the attorney did not do this and acted improperly. See here
However, if the filing was frivolous, one's best option may be to pursue against their CLIENT for MALICIOUS PROSECUTION
once the appeal is denied.
Malicious prosecution is a cause of action wherein it is seen:
(1) That the Defendant initiated, caused or procured the arrest or prosecution of the Plaintiff;
"(2) That the criminal proceeding against the Plaintiff terminated in his favor;
"(3) That the Defendant acted without probable cause in initiating or procuring the arrest or prosecution of the Plaintiff;
"(4) That the Defendant acted with malice; and
"(5) That the Plaintiff suffered injury or damage."Cates v. Eddy, 669 P. 2d 912 - Wyo: Supreme Court 1983
And, seek punitive damages
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