Coming from humble beginnings right in America’s heartland, Martin’s passionate advocacy in favor of people whose voices are marginalized propelled her to the peak of her career. Areva Martin has a finger in many pies; she is a civil rights attorney, an author, advocate, commentator, TV talk show host, producer, and a CNN analyst. She is equally a managing partner, as well as a co-founder of Martin & Martin, LLP – one among LA’s leading, female and African-American-owned law firms. The analyst is also among the leading legal correspondents on network TV.
Areva’s legal firm specializes in Employment and Housing Disability Discrimination, ADA, School Law and Family Law (bullying & harassment) and a host of other areas. Her profession became more personal when her son Marty was diagnosed with autism at a year and six months. All of a sudden, this highly accomplished and capable woman’s key title became “mom fighting for her child.”
Areva Martin – Bio
Born in St. Louis, Missouri, United States, Arewa Martins spent her growing up years in City’s Carr Square Village under very tough conditions. Her date of birth is 28th January 1962. She is the daughter of a single mum as her parents never got around to formalizing their relationship in a marriage ceremony. Shortly after her birth, Areva’s dad left town, even her mum later found happiness with another man and left Missouri after her marriage to her man but Areva had to stay back to take care of her paraplegic grandma. She has an older brother who is still a resident of St Louis.
Her first couple of years at an all-girls’ Archdiocesan school can be described as quite challenging as she had to battle with the feelings of isolation, as well as acceptance. While her grades were on the downward trend at the onset, it took a turn for the better in her junior year. With her grades raised to a significant level, she proceeded to the University of Chicago to study Economics in 1980. Even in college, her background made her suffer untold bullying to the point of becoming selectively mute which put her way behind – socially and academically. She later attended Harvard Law School for her Juris Doctorate after her university graduation in 1984.
Areva Martin and Los Angeles native Ernest Martin Jr. met while she was still at Harvard; they dated for a while before formalizing their relationship through marriage, though the actual date of their nuptials is not known. After their marriage, they collaborated to found their law firm. The duo has three children among whom are Michael, Morgan, and Marty who was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months of age.
She speedily dealt with the complex web of misconceptions, diagnoses, and treatments of autism with the same vigor she has exhibited in each one of her professional cases. Luck was on her side as her education and network made it possible for her to be able to navigate the medical establishment and subsequently find the best treatment, as well as resources for her son. She founded SNN (Special Needs Network – a non-profit organization which focuses on aiding both low-income families and minorities sponsor their autistic kids. Her Network has succeeded in raising millions of dollars with aids granted to over 15,000 families in several low-income communities all over CA.
According to reports, Areva Martin and Ernest are currently divorced following some allegations of physical and sexual abuse.
Facts About Areva Martin
1. The famous and accomplished attorney has built a handsome net worth over the years. Though the exact amount is not known, sources have estimated it to be between $10 to $12 million.
2. Areva Martin can be described as tall with her height of 5 feet 10 inches and a commensurate 60 kg in body weight. Her general body measurements are perfect as well, listed as 34-24-35 with a bra size of 33B and a shoe size of 8 US. The human right activist comes with dark brown eye color and black hair.
3. She has authored a couple of books – The Everyday Advocate: Standing Up for Your Child with Autism and Other Special Needs, as well as Journey to the Top: 12 Steps to Take Control of Your Career and Your Life.
4. The analyst has featured on the pages of some notable publications such as Ebony, Parenting, and Redbook.
5. She has been a regular on Anderson Cooper 360 show, The Dr. Phil Show, Nancy Grace, The Doctors, and Good Morning America. She has come on some cable news shows the likes of CNN, HNL, MSNBC, as well as Al Jazeera.