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Maressa M. Cuenca


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  • (F) 803.727.1494

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.



Washington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., 2017

  • German Law Journal – Senior Articles Editor
  • H. McLeod-Ross Malone Advocacy Award, 2017
  • Uvaldo Herrera National Moot Court Competition – National Champion, 2017
  • Advanced Administrative Litigation Clinic – Student Caseworker
  • Latin American Law Students Association – Moot Court Coordinator
  • Student Judicial Council – 1L & 2L Justice

Bob Jones University, B.A., 2010

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South Carolina

  • Spanish - Native
  • English - Fluent
  • French - Intermediate

Born and raised in Mexico, Maressa grew up in a diverse and loving family. Her Mexican father was born in Tanquián, San Luis Potosí and her Japanese mother was born in Wahiawa, Hawaii. This rich background instilled in her a passion for languages and traveling. In high school and college, she studied French, Russian and Italian. She has traveled to France, Nepal, Hong Kong, Macau, Germany and Russia. 

Most importantly, Maressa’s parents raised her to value serving her community. As a teenager in Mexico, she would tutor at-risk students to read, write and learn English. She volunteered in Yaroslavl, Russia, through Cross Cultural Solutions, helping orphans and people with physical disabilities. Before law school, she became an advocate at Julie Valentine Center, a sexual assault and child abuse recovery center. As an advocate, when someone was assaulted, she was immediately called to the hospital to support the survivor. During law school, she interned with the International Legal Foundation in Kathmandu, Nepal, researching the plight of prisoners post 2015 earthquake. During her 3L year at Washington & Lee School of Law, she represented, under the supervision of the Advanced Administrative Litigation Clinic’ director, coal miners and survivors who sought federal black lung benefits.

More than anything else, Maressa longs to make a lasting impact through loving her community.