Passionate, outspoken and insightful, AREVA MARTIN is one of the nation’s leading voices in the media. An attorney, advocate, legal and social issues commentator and talk show host, she is an audience favorite on a long list of shows from Dr. Phil to AC 360. A recurring guest host on The Doctors, Areva’s television credits include regular appearances on Dr. Drew, Good Morning America, World News Tonight, Nancy Grace, The Michael Smercornish Show, CNN International, CNN Tonight, and talk and news shows on MSNBC, Fox News, Fox LA, KCAL and HLN.
Areva is well known for her blunt and candid commentary on a range of topics from celebrity news, pop culture trends, race, politics and trending legal news. Blending her legal expertise with common sense approaches, Areva can confront and then coddle while gaining the trust of audiences, viewers and guests. She has become a valued confidante, source of reliable information and an inspiration to many including countless followers and friends she connects with across her various social media platforms.
Recognized as one of the nation’s leading advocates for autism, the underserved and children, Areva is the author of an Amazon best- selling book, The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism and Other Special Needs. (Penguin 2010). After her son’s diagnosis with autism, she created Special Needs Network, Inc., a grassroots nonprofit to assist families raising kids on the autism spectrum. From the courtroom to the statehouse, she is a fighter for kids with disabilities and their families.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Areva founded the LA based civil rights firm, Martin & Martin, LLP. As an attorney, she has been involved in high profile cases and has been identified as a Southern California Super Lawyer for the last 3 years, a designation reserved for the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state. She has won countless awards and has been featured in numerous publications from Essence to Redbook.
Areva’s credentials are impressive, making her an in-demand contributor for magazines, newspapers and online sites on topics ranging from workplace disputes to federal laws on disability rights, but it’s her humble beginnings in North St. Louis, passion for life as a mother, community activist, wife and entrepreneur that make her relatable to audiences. An avid runner of 10k races and half marathons, she knows what it takes to go the distance – and she’s not afraid to go there.
Keynote Speaker and Emcee
As a public speaker, Areva speaks about the things that people are talking about and the things that motivate people to change. From major front-page stories to the latest in pop culture, to legal, social justice and broad societal issues, Areva is dynamic, inspirational and engaging. Drawing upon her personal experiences of growing up in a housing project in North St. Louis, attending the nation’s leading Ivy League university, working on Wall Street and running a successful business, Areva always challenges her audience, pushing them to discover both their strengths and weaknesses and helping them move forward with confidence. Through humor, satire, straight talk, urban references, and women’s intuition, Areva’s keynote addresses provide a powerful dose of realism and inspiration.
As an emcee and host, Areva knows how to elevate and efficiently manage a program. Whether it’s a fundraising gala for 1,000 plus guests, a corporate meeting with hundreds of employees or a televised awards or entertainment show, Areva’s style, eloquence and wit will help your event achieve unparalleled levels of success.