If John Ong had a second career, he’d be the founder of the Calm app or its closest competitor. An application that sifts through the noise, allowing people to ground themselves. Or maybe John would be a voiceover for children’s books. Who knows? Big picture, when John speaks, he takes you to that place where it seems like everything is fine; everything is calm, and we’ll find a way.
John continues to help others find their way, whether in old ways or new ways, through his work as a litigator. Historically, his practice has focused on construction defect litigation and personal injury litigation. More recently, he has poured his energy into helping stand up Collaborative Law as an alternative dispute resolution vehicle to resolve civil disputes. This is tough work. Tough in the sense that he must convince lawyers and prospective clients that collaborative is NOT less than the traditional method for resolving a dispute involving money—suing someone and “getting your day in court.”
Collaborative, like most things in life, doesn’t fit squarely in a box. It’s neither this nor that. And neither is John.