Christopher Ryan Abrego

christopher abrego

June 10, 1978 ~ August 26, 2021

Born in: Arlington, TX
Resided in: Johns Creek, GA

Christopher Ryan Abrego of Johns Creek, Georgia passed away suddenly on August 26, 2021. Born in Dallas, Texas, Chris moved to Georgia and graduated from Georgia State University in Atlanta where he earned a B.B.A. in Finance, in 2001. He then earned his masters degree (M.Sc.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science and in 2004, he earned his law degree (J.D.) from the University of Georgia School of Law. Chris began his legal career handling insurance defense matters, and he quickly realized that he had a burning passion for helping people in need, particularly those who had been badly injured and needed a voice in the civil justice system. As a result of this desire inside of him, Chris took a leap of faith and left the “big firm life”.

In 2013 Chris founded The Abrego Law Firm, LLC where he realized his dream of starting his own firm. Chris and the firm thrived. His passion for this work was evident to anyone who knew him or watched him in action. He was very fortunate to handle a number of very significant cases and had also been recognized as one of the Top Young Trial Lawyers in the State of Georgia and for several years had been selected as a Rising Star Super Lawyer by Atlanta Magazine. Yet Chris, the man, the husband, the father, never changed. He remained very humble, driven, and committed to his work, family, and friends. Chris was a consistently positive voice and always had a smile on his face, often encouraging others when it was needed most. Chris also gave back to the legal community, founding a highly respected legal seminar which attracted state-wide attention, and he was devoted to mentoring helping younger attorneys.

Chris and his family are active members of Perimeter Church in Johns Creek and serve within the church and Christian school. Chris and Lisa Anne truly enjoy raising their girls within the Perimeter Christian School covenant family and with their community of friends at the Atlanta Athletic Club, where they too are members. Chris was most recently ordained as a Ruling Elder of the church. Chris loved traveling and seeing the world but being on a beach was a favorite place to rest, think, and recharge. He adored attending his girls’ activities, playing golf as often as possible, running and recently started painting. Although Chris was very accomplished in his work and professional life, he was always most proud of the beautiful life he began in 2008 and built along with his supportive and loving wife, Lisa Anne when they married, and were blessed later with their two baby girls, Ella and Sophie who were the absolute lights of his life. His little family was THE love of his life, and he leaves behind so many wonderful memories of all of their fun times and adventures together. Chris never stopped “Living the Dream” with his family. Through his memory and legacy, Chris will live on as their ROCK.

Chris is survived by his adoring wife, Lisa Anne, his two precious daughters, Ella Lorynn and Sophia Ryanne, his doting mother, Susan Nadel (Carlton) of Plano, TX., father, Russell Martin Abrego, brother, Russell Martin Abrego II, mother and father-in-law, John and Carol Heichberger, sisters-in-law, Lori Anne Scott (Brad) and Lynn Cofield (Gary), three loving nieces, Kaylie Cofield, Avery Scott and Tori Lynne Cofield, his only ‘favorite’ nephew, Braden Scott and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

A Celebration of Life service will be held Wednesday, September 8th at 3:30 pm at Perimeter Church, 9500 Medlock Bridge Rd., Johns Creek, Georgia 33097. In lieu of flowers, the family would like you to please consider a donation to either Perimeter Church’s Widow’s Ministry, Anna’s Sisters, or to Perimeter Christian School’s Covenant Fund.

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  1. Russell Abrego says:

    Best of the best

  2. Russell Abrego II says:

    You made our world a better place.

  3. Roger & Mary Reed says:

    Chris was a joy to our family from day one. He embraced life with love and enthusiasm. His arms were always open to give us a hug and he never failed to say, “Love you Uncle Roger & Aunt Mary.” The love he gave us will never be forgotten.

  4. Nishita N says:

    Chris & Lisa are such an amazing couple and we have a lot of lovely memories cherished in our home. Chris – You are still always around for us! Lisa – welcome here anytime you want to! Xoxo. 🙏🏽

  5. Fred and Carol Gravius says:

    Your smile, your zest for life and the love for your family will remain with us always.

  6. Shannon, Brian & Natalie Burgess says:

    The world lost an amazing person. He definitely made his mark and will be greatly missed.

  7. Dakota Riggs says:

    I will never forget all the great memories I had with Chris . Lisa , Sophie and Ella I love you all so much and I’m continuing to pray for you .

  8. Karilynn Guzowski says:

    Your kindness and helpfulness was what stands out the most, I am saddened that we never got to meet and I will never forget all the legal advice and help you have given us. You are so universally loved and will be terribly missed. We were all so lucky to have had you in our lives. You made Lisa the happiest a woman could possibly get. Anyone can see your love was so special and the bond you had was unbreakable. You were an excellent Daddy to two little girls who will always have you so high on a pedestal. You truly lived the American dream. Rest now knowing we will always take care of Lisa and the girls and be there for them always. May you Rest In Peace and know you will never be forgotten.

  9. Craig Smith & family says:

    Rest In Peace, Chris. May your beautiful family remember you through all the gorgeous memories you created together.

  10. Margo Castorena says:

    The world is a little dimmer without the bright light you brought to it. You lived the American dream along with Lisa and your beautiful girls. You will sorely missed by your family, friends, church, and community. May you rest in peace in God’s loving arms.

  11. Joyce and Frank Bathrick says:

    To know Chris was to love him and we did! His smile and positive energy glowed and though he is gone, those memories remain. Peace and everlasting joy!

  12. Lisa Bodker says:

    Chris was a class act, always had a smile on his face, and encouraging to those around him. Lisa, Ella, and Sophie – you are in my thoughts and prayers during this time and especially in the days ahead. Love and hugs to you all!!!!

  13. Leigh Ann Gantt & David Sowa says:

    Chris was a wonderful, smart and kind man. I’m so very sorry for your loss. Praying for the entire family, especially Lisa, Ella & Sophie. May God wrap his loving arms around you each and every day. Sending all our love.

  14. Joshua Stein says:

    Chris was a great friend and lawyer. He was a better man, husband and father and will be missed greatly by so many. Peace to all who loved him. I will very much miss talking to him almost every day. He was the definition of “one of the good guys”.

  15. Florian Stamm says:

    Journey on ahead, Chris! You will be missed down here.

  16. Thom York says:

    Chris was one of The Good Ones! 🙏🏼

  17. Victor Faenza says:

    Chris was a great person. I knew him through work and I always looked forward to our times together. He was kind, compassionate, and one of the most humble men I knew. I will truly miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

  18. Tamara D Koepsel says:

    I loved seeing the joy and love between you and Lisa Anne, and watching It blossom into a strong marriage and a loving family. My thoughts and prayers are with you Lisa Anne, Ella, and Sophie.

  19. Lisa Mitnick says:

    Lisa,words cannot describe how sad we are for you and the girls. Chris was such a pleasure and always seemed so positive and happy. Please know that we are thinking of you and hope that you will focus on all the good memories. Much love Dan and Lisa Mitnick

  20. Doug Chanco says:

    Chris and his ever-present smile made the world for everyone lucky enough to know him a little brighter. A wonderful friend who we were blessed to have spent time with.

    • Tyler Riggs says:

      I will never forget all the wonderful memories I had with Chris, Lisa, Ella, Sophie. I love all of y’all of very very much let me know if there is anything I can do for y’all my heart breaks with y’all during this hard time

  21. Lucille Burns says:

    Lisa Anne, Ella and Sophie,
    Our love, thoughts and prayers are with you through this difficult time! I remember Lisa Anne meeting Chris at Front Page News. Chris was such a kind and gentle man. Watch over your beautiful girls. RIP

    Sending our love,
    Luce and Greg Burns

  22. Shelly says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with your family at this tragic time

  23. Donna Kay Atten says:

    I will remember his beautiful smile always! I had the pleasure of knowing him when he was in junior high school, and he has always been an exceptional you g man with a million dollar smile! This is heartbreaking! My heart goes out to his beautiful family!

  24. Jennifer Waites says:

    Chris was a great friend of our family’s…He, Lisa Anne and his girls would meet our family for Mexican dinners every few months. In recent months, Chris and my husband Bryan started planning dinners ahead of us wives, and they were quite proud of themselves for being so spur-of-the-moment. Whenever we got together we would talk and laugh. He and Bryan both loved baseball, podcasts, traveling, and of course their families. A few weeks ago Chris was on a sailboat, and I suggested we not call him bc I had seen Lisa Anne’s post that they were on a boat. Bryan called him anyway. 😂 I couldn’t believe it but Chris picked right up to talk with Bryan.😭 He was always so happy.😭 They were so excited to become elders together at church. It was sort of like that line from Casablanca – the start of a beautiful friendship. I used to be a Litigation Paralegal, and Chris would always tell me to let him know if I decided to come back. 😭 Many many prayers for Lisa Anne and their precious girls.

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