Areva Martin

Attorney, Advocate, Television Host, Legal and Social Issues Commentator & Author

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When Areva Martin’s son was diagnosed with autism, Martin was stunned at the lack of resources available to her and the millions of other parents, teachers, and medical professionals around the world dealing with children with developmental disorders.

This galvanized the Harvard-educated Areva to found the Special Needs Network, to write her book The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism, and to become one of the country’s foremost advocates for children with disabilities, victims of abuse and trauma, and those living in poverty.

In a compassionate, practical, and deeply affecting program, Martin brings her singular brand of far-reaching advocacy and expert opinion to venues across the country, motivating audiences to take action and become grassroots leaders and advocates for their children and communites. As Martin says, “individuals who care can work miracles.”

About Areva Martin

Known to audiences across the country from her regular appearances on The Dr. Phil Show, Anderson Cooper 360, Nancy Grace and Dr. Drew On Call, Areva Martin is a go-to on-camera expert, commentator, and host. She is consistently sought out to weigh in on breaking news with an emphasis on compelling legal, political, women’s and celebrity issues. Her unique ability to go to the heart of matters in a commanding, yet passionate, manner has earned her great popularity with the media and world-wise audiences.

Always empowering women and standing up for children, Areva is known to many as America’s unequivocal Everyday Advocate, which happens to be the title of her second, best-selling book. The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism and Other Special Needs is a regularly used reference book for parents and professionals. She also authored Journey to the Top: 12 Steps to Take Control of Your Career and Your Life which is a popular career guide for professional women. In March 2018, Martin released her third book, Make it Rain! How to Use the Media to Revolutionize Your Business & Brand. Areva also frequently writes blog entries for Huffington Post and other online and print outlets.

She has been recognized for her distinctive work on behalf of women and children with many national and state awards including the Los Angeles County Woman of the Year Award, L’Oreal Paris Women of Worth, KCET Local Hero Award, Farmers Insurance Living Legends Award and the California Legislative Black Caucus Civil Rights Leadership Award to name a few.

Areva is the founder and President of Special Needs Network, Inc., a Los Angeles based non-profit organization created specifically to raise awareness of issues that impact individuals with autism and related disabilities living in underserved and marginalized communities.

She has raised millions of dollars for autism and has positioned the organization as California’s leading grassroots autism advocacy organization. Areva frequently advises national and local elected officials, philanthropists and nonprofit organizations on autism policies and advocacy.

Areva graduated with honors from Harvard Law School and the University of Chicago and is the founding and managing partner at Martin & Martin, LLP, one of Los Angeles’ largest, female and African American-owned law firms. Areva is consistently identified as one of LA’s top attorneys including being selected to the Southern California’s 2014 Super Lawyers list, a distinction reserved for the top five percent of the attorneys in the state.

Areva lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children. A lover of all things social media, she is a runner with a passion for half marathons.

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