Areva is America's go-to expert, host and commentator on compelling legal, political, women’s, children’s and celebrity issues.
Passionate, outspoken and insightful, AREVA MARTIN is one of the nation’s leading voices in the media. An award-winning attorney, advocate, legal and social issues commentator, talk show host and producer, Areva is an audience favorite on a long list of shows from Dr. Phil, The Doctors to World News Tonight. A cohost on the new daytime syndicated talk show on CBS, Face the Truth, Areva brings her no holds bar brand of advocacy to daytime talk. Areva is also a CNN Legal Analyst whose television credits include regular appearances on Good Morning America, Daily Mail TV and talk and news shows across CNN and HLN.
Areva is well known for her no holds bar and candid commentary on a range of topics from celebrity news, pop culture, race, politics, the law and breaking 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 bestselling 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., California’s premier autism advocacy organization. Areva has raised millions of dollars for autism and disability-related causes. She has played a leadership role in advocating for state and federal laws to eliminate disparities in state funding for individuals with disabilities.
Areva’s third book, Make It Rain: How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business and Brand (Hachette 2018) was released in March and instantly soared to the top of Amazon, Nielsen, Publishers’ Weekly and Barnes & Noble bestsellers’ lists. In Make It Rain, Areva shares insider’s tips on how to find your authentic voice, amplify it and use it to grow your influence and power.
A Harvard Law School graduate, Areva founded the Los Angeles 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 consecutively for the last five years, a designation reserved for the top 5 percent of attorneys in the state. She has won myriad awards including the L’Oreal Paris’ Women of Worth, Los Angeles County Women of the Year, Ford’s Living Legend Award, the James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and Union Bank’s Neighborhood Hero Award.
A quotable authority on workplace, disability rights, education, custody and women's issues, this accomplished and multi-award winning attorney, syndicated columnist, and public speaker is also quoted and/or featured on the pages of publications ranging from Red Book to Huff Post. Areva writes regularly for CNN.com, Daily Beast, Thrive Global and Time.Motto, where you can find her monthly column, Sexist Laws Explained.
Areva’s credentials are impressive, 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 5 and10k races, 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.