Denty Cheatham


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Denty Cheatham

Denty Cheatham has gained a variety of legal experience and enjoyed a diverse law practice in his 49-year legal career.  Graduating from Vanderbilt Law School and being admitted to the Tennessee Bar in 1965, over the next eight years he worked as a lawyer in Washington, DC, for the Library of Congress and for the US Department of Labor. He was drafted and served honorably in the US Army for two years, including a Vietnam tour. Afterwards, he engaged in a small-town general law practice in Pulaski, Tennessee, with his late father, and he was mentored in the practice of labor law, criminal law, and personal injury law as an associate with the firm of Cecil Branstetter, a prominent Nashville attorney with a substantial labor union practice.  Since 1973, Mr. Cheatham has practiced on Nashville’s Music Row with his wife, Rose Palermo, Nashville’s best-known divorce lawyer.  He considers himself a general practice lawyer with the skill and experience to advise clients and handle cases in a variety of areas of state and federal law.  His satisfied clients have included the Conway Twitty estate, the American Federation of Musicians, and numerous country music artists.  Mr. Cheatham’s primary focus today is probate and estate administration and appellate work. In his spare time, he enjoys mountain climbing.


Denty Cheatham