John W. Ong is a creative problem solver, practicing out of our Charlotte office and our Asheville Satellite office (by appointment only). Practicing law for over 25 years and handling cases throughout the State of North Carolina since 1998, John serves as Vice- Chair of our Construction Law Group.

Clients call upon John to conduct investigations, to determine cost-effective resolution strategies and, when necessary, to aggressively represent their interests in court. Tenacious in the cross-examination of experts, John is also a skilled in Alternative Dispute Resolution, including Mediation, Collaborative Law and Arbitration and enjoys working with his clients to select strategies most in keeping with their needs.

John concentrates his practice in areas related to Construction Accidents and Construction Defects in addition to cases involving Professional Malpractice, Trucking & Transportation, General Liability and Wrongful Death.  He has successfully represented individuals, corporations, and entities in a variety of matters, both at the trial and appellate stages of litigation throughout North Carolina. He has frequently been asked to become involved in cases involving interesting questions of medical causation including mild traumatic brain injuries, strokes, suicide, and vision disturbances, etc.

In addition to his practice of law, John is Certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct Superior Court Mediations and is trained in Collaborative Law. More information about John’s Mediation & Conflict Resolution practice can be found here.

Representative Matters

Cases or matters referenced do not represent the lawyer’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its own merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results.

  • As lead counsel for a physical therapist in a professional malpractice action in state court involving alleged personal injury, obtained a directed verdict in favor of the physical therapist.
  • As lead counsel defended a table saw manufacturer in a notable federal court case regarding table saw design including whether flesh detection technology and blade guarding with independently removable components were reasonably necessary and whether they would have reduced or eliminated the severe laceration sustained by plaintiff.
  • As lead counsel, defended developer in state court proceedings involving allegations of systemic construction and structural defects throughout a residential subdivision.
  • As lead counsel defended general contractor in state court proceedings involving multiple injuries arising out of scaffolding collapse
  • As lead counsel defended local area authority in state court action arising out of the murder of a care home resident
  • As lead counsel defended truck driver in state court action arising out of the wrongful death of pedestrian
  • As lead counsel defended operator of motor vehicle in state court action in which blindness was contended to have been caused by head trauma
  • As lead counsel defended homeowner in claim of premises liability suit filed by delivery person
  • As lead counsel defended insurance carrier in a UIM binding  arbitration arising out of a multiple fatality accident involving Assisted Living Community residents
  • As lead counsel defended a Development Manager in a multi-party binding arbitration involving alleged soil settlement affecting numerous residential lots in a subdivision.

Articles, Presentations, and Publications

John has enjoyed providing seminars to both clients and attorneys.  Some of his presentations have included:

  • “Construction Law Highlights for Adjusters”
  • “Building Your Civil Trial Skills”
  • “Litigation 104- Trial Practice”
  • “Managing Ethical Issues in Your Day-to-Day Practice”
  • “Punitive Damages and Bad Faith”
  • “Head Injury Issues for Adjusters”
  • “Expert Witnesses for Adjusters”
  • “Chiropractic Issues for Adjusters”
  • “Truck Accident Litigation From Start to Finish”


Most Recent Posts

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CSH Law Offers Collaborative Law

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The Alternative Dispute Resolution Practice Group at Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP (CSH Law) has been expanded to include Collaborative Law, which will be led by John Ong. Ong is the Vice-Chair of the CSH Law Construction Law Practice Group and is Certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct Superior Court Mediations and is trained in Collaborative Law.… Read More

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John Ong Speaks at Civil Collaborative Practice Training

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John Ong will serve as a speaker for the Civil Collaborative Practice Training seminar sponsored by the North Carolina Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section and Construction Law Section. The seminar will review the principles of Collaborative Practice, an alternative to dispute resolution that is designed to be private and cost effective.… Read More

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John Ong Speaks at NC ASHRM Conference

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“Dance Your Own Dance—Negotiating Skills and Techniques” will be presented today by John Ong, Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog LLP’s Vice Chair of the Construction Law Practice Group.… Read More