50 Years Young & Counting

It may have been 50 years, but one thing hasn’t changed for MBA Lawyers – the Gold Coast community comes first.


Whether you’re a business owner needing advice, buying or selling a house or looking after a loved one, MBA Lawyers has been at the forefront of innovative and client centric legal practice since 1970.


The community mantra is one that lives on today and will continue to do so for the next 50 years. A mantra that has cemented the firm’s undeniable 50 years of success.


Our firm remains one of the longest and most established firms on the Gold Coast. We also contribute significantly to the local community by participating in many initiatives and supporting various community associations.


Our history


MBA Lawyers was established by John McDonald in 1970. In 1979 he was joined by Rob Balanda and the firm soon became McDonald Balanda and Associates.


The firm initially operated from the old TAA building in Cavill Avenue, Surfers Paradise, before rapidly growing the team moved to its purpose-built premise in Varsity Lakes, where we still reside today.


The firm also chose to adopt the acronym MBA Lawyers in 2005.


While John left the firm more than 25 years ago, it was overseen by Rob as Managing Partner until he retired in 2015.


The controversial Gold Coast Boral Quarry case was the highlight of Rob’s legal career.


“MBA was more than just a law firm, it became a platform to assist you in supporting your local community,” he says.


“The hundreds of hours I put in to win the controversial Gold Coast Boral Quarry case was all done through MBA and I would have to say that it would be the proudest moment of my career.


“I’ve been retired now for five years and when I think about who I’ve helped, the thing I talk most about is the quarry case.”

Tradition and innovation


MBA Lawyers is uniquely placed as its holds value in its tradition of client centric care but accepts the challenges to take on bold new innovate practises.


During the COVID-19 pandemic the MBA Lawyers team rose to the challenge of remote working practises, use of technology and maintaining productivity during these unprecedented times.


For Managing Partner Clayton Glenister, this approach by his team gave him a great sense of pride.


“We will meet, and exceed, any challenges that technology and artificial intelligence has on the legal industry,” he says.


“But what technology and AI can’t provide is the things that we pride ourselves in giving our clients – connections, networks, personalised service and an ability to think outside the box.


“Clients don’t want to hear ‘no’ from their lawyers, they want to know ‘how’ and we must meet that expectation where ever possible.”


The MBA Lawyers difference


At MBA Lawyers, we’re you’re lawyers for life. We take pride in having more accredited specialists and experts in their fields of law than any other firm on the Gold Coast. It’s our ‘Best in Class’ offering that provides you the best step toward success.


A strong network of professionals, together our partners and staff, cover many key areas of law and relevant understanding to address your legal issues. We help overcome challenges making an empowering difference to you, your business, your family and your lifestyle.


We invite you to experience the difference of how we can empower you to thrive. Be proactive, be prepared and be positive – choose MBA Lawyers ‘for life’.

What Our Clients Say

It is a fallacy to navigate through our lives personally or commercially without sound and correct litigious protection. MBA Lawyers provide the levels of passion, focus and intelligence to ensure that every detail is covered.

Their ability to listen is strong and couple that with intelligent advice and you will reach a level of comfort knowing that MBA has taken charge of your issues.

These people know what they are doing and if they don’t, they work hard to find a better way.”

Joe Akacich, Client

My wife and I have found MBA’s relaxed and approachable manner to be rather comforting and unique within the legal profession.

I, without reservation, strongly recommend the services of MBA Lawyers and would encourage anyone considering the need for legal advice or support to investigate the services of this law firm.”

Derek Angel, Client

Giving Back

MBA Lawyers has a long history on the Gold Coast and we are committed to local community development, supporting both personally and professionally.

Supporting our community

After making the Gold Coast our home 50 years ago, we are committed to engaging with and supporting the development of our local community. Together as a firm, and our team in their individual capacities, support several very worthy charities.


Clayton strongly believes in promoting all that the Gold Coast has to offer and making our city a great destination for international and national guests to visit and do business. He is a passionate AFL support and is a Director of the Southport Sharks as well as being a foundation member of the Gold Coast Suns. In 2020 he joined the Board of Advice for Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics and supports its Malaria Vaccine Project.


Mitchell is a trusted advisor for several large companies and charitable organisations. He has supported the Gold Coast Centre Against Sexual Violence for more than 20 years and is a founding member of PeaceWise, a Christian mediation and education service across Australia, since 2007. Mitchell also has extensive involvement in Rotary, including volunteering as Past President of the Broadwater Southport Club and he is the author of multiple articles, including a monthly legal column for a Japanese national newspaper.


Matt is a valued member of the Rugby Union Players Association and a qualified Rugby Union Players Association Accredited Agent and continues his commitment to the sport of rugby union through various avenues, including his role on Bond University’s Rugby Board. One of Matt’s most notable initiatives of recent years has been the founding of “The Pushup Tour”, a fundraiser that sees its participants matching each kilometre from the Tour de France with a push up. To date, the fundraiser has raised more than $100,000 for various children’s charities.


Duane stays connected with the local community through his role as Chairman of Varsity Lakes Community Bank® Branch of Bendigo Bank, which has proudly delivered over $120,000 in grants, donations and sponsorship to local community groups and organisations in recent years.  He has also presented to students at Queensland University of Technology and Bond University on commercial litigation as part of their practical legal training programs.


Our respectful involvement is shared wholeheartedly to help contribute to the betterment of the community we live in, and further afield, enriching the lives of everyone around us. We feel fortunate to be supported in business by you and aside from the specialist law service we provide, these contributions are but a small token of gratitude and a way we can give back. We are always open to worthy causes that align with our values and where we can make a difference, so reach out and share something close to your heart before us to consider.