About Us


About Us


In the beginning

Cheatham and Palermo was founded in 1973 when the happily married Denty Cheatham and Rose Palermo decided to combine legal forces. Denty has fostered quite a diverse practice in his 46 years as a lawyer, working diligently on cases spanning criminal law, personal injury law, real estate law, appellate work, and social security disability benefits.

The highly qualified Rose Palermo is known to many as the “attorney to the stars” due to her representation of many music industry icons. Her 43 years of practice and hard work in the legal field have yielded consistent rankings among her clients, fellow attorneys, and area publications as one of Nashville’s top family law attorneys. Denty and Rose have been sharing their legal expertise with the Nashville community since 1973, and continue to help families and individuals resolve their legal issues from their conveniently located Music Row office.


All great things grow and prosper

In 1996, the dynamic duo of Cheatham and Palermo decided to expand forces with the addition of David Garrett, a highly outstanding lawyer who concentrates his practice in divorce cases. The name of the firm subsequently changed to Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett, more casually known as CPG Law. In 2008, looking to better serve his hometown of Franklin, Tennessee, David opened the Franklin Office in the quaint little house that belonged to his grandparents. David was joined by Jacob Thorington in 2007 and Jason Talley in 2013, growing CPG twofold and making the Franklin office the success it is today. Together, as former Eagle Scouts and active members of the Franklin community, they strive to personify the maxim of service to others, providing their clients with earnest representation as a means of achieving a realistic resolution.

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Our Attorneys


Denty Cheatham

In 1973 the happily married Denty Cheatham and Rose Palermo, two highly qualified Nashville attorneys, decided to combine legal forces. Denty has 46 years of diverse legal experience in the areas of criminal law, personal injury law, real estate law, appellate work, and social security disability benefits.
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Rose Palermo

Rose’s 43 years experience representing many music industry icons, the dynamic team of Cheatham and Palermo has shared their expert legal guidance with the Nashville community for many valued years.
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David Garrett

Native to Franklin, David Garrett obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Tennessee and his law degree from the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. AV® Preeminent TM rated by Martindale-Hubbell ®, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, earned through a strenuous peer and judicial review procedure, David specializes in divorce, post divorce and custody issues and has extensive experience with appellate practice.
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Jacob Thorington

Jacob Thorington eagerly jumped right into practice after earning his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of St. Thomas School of Law in May 2007. With an impressive breadth of knowledge in the areas of divorce, post divorce, contempt, child support modification, alimony modification, paternity, and custody cases, it’s no surprise he graduated magna cum laude.
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Jason Talley

Jason Talley brings a wealth of knowledge from his years in the financial industry. Jason brings a well seasoned grasp of the financial world to the group and to his service to his clients.
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Taylor Loring

Taylor Loring is the newest member of Cheatham, Palermo and Garrett. She brings an educational pedigree and fierce passion and dedication to her clients. She works with Ms. Palermo in the Music Row office.
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Elizabeth G. Tannenbaum

Elizabeth G. Tannenbaum, known to those who love her as Beth, serves of counsel to the law office of Cheatham, Palermo & Garrett. Beth works with Ms. Palermo to digest the complex financial situation presented in large and diversified asset divorces. Her many years in the financial world give her an unequaled eye for identifying, tracking, and explaining complex financial transactions.
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