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Pro Bono Champion: Maressa Cuenca - Lighthouse for Life

August 1, 2019

Though she's still relatively new to practicing law, Maressa Cuenca has hit the ground running with her pro bono efforts via her work with South Carolina's Lighthouse for Life.

Human trafficking is the second largest criminal industry in the world today, with more than 40,000,000 victims – a number that's growing by the second. Lighthouse for Life exists to educate people about the realities of human trafficking in the US while restoring victims to wholeness. The mission is to provide a safe environment for victims’ spiritual, physical, and emotional well-being. By providing them with the necessary services, support, guidance and love, Lighthouse for Life helps them transform from victims into survivors and restore their lives.

Lighthouse for Life’s worthy mission and integrity inspired Maressa to join the cause. Maressa has the privilege of working alongside Lighthouse for Life’s staff, giving legal advice on best employment-related practices.



Maressa M. Cuenca is an Associate in Nexsen Pruet’s Columbia, South Carolina office, where she concentrates her practice on employment and labor matters. Before joining Nexsen Pruet, Maressa gained valuable experience while clerking for the Honorable Robin B. Stilwell in South Carolina’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit Court. Maressa assisted the court in criminal and civil trials. 

Maressa comes to Nexsen Pruet with diverse experience in various national and international legal contexts, including researching domestic violence diversion programs for the Department of the Prosecuting Attorney in Honolulu, Hawaii and researching the Nepalese criminal defense system after the 2015 earthquake while working for the International Legal Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Before attending law school, Maressa – a native Spanish speaker – worked over six years as a Paralegal, Legal Assistant, Interpreter and intern at a Greenville, South Carolina law firm.



Nexsen Pruet
 is one of the largest law firms in the Carolinas, with more than 180 attorneys and offices in Columbia, Charleston, Greenville, Hilton Head and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, as well as Charlotte, Greensboro and Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded in 1945, Nexsen Pruet provides a broad range of legal services to the business community and represents companies and other entities in local, state, national and international venues.

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