Rose Palermo was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, where she attended school through high school. She attended and received her B.A. degree from Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana in 1965. Upon her graduation from college, she attended Vanderbilt University School of Law and graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1968. While at Vanderbilt Law School, she was a member of the International Law Society and a member of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Upon her graduation from law school, she worked as corporate counsel for LIN Broadcasting Company through 1970. She then worked for the Tennessee Law Revision Commission and helped revise the State Criminal Code. She entered into private practice with her current partner and husband, Denty Cheatham, in 1973. She and Mr. Cheatham have conducted their law practice in the Music Row area since the inception of the law firm and are currently in practice with David Garrett, Jacob Thorington, Jason Talley, and Michelle Marshall. All of the attorneys work together as the cases may require. Ms. Palermo primarily handles domestic relations cases and has handled many divorces for celebrities, country music entertainers, and other high-profile clients. She and Mr. Cheatham are the parents of two sons, David Cheatham, a graduate of the University of Virginia; and Andrew Cheatham, an attorney working for the United Nations in Europe. Ms. Palermo has acted as a Special Judge for several of the Circuit Court Judges in Davidson County, and she has been a guest speaker at numerous Continuing Legal Education seminars. Ms. Palermo is a member of the Nashville Bar Association, Williamson County Bar Association, and the Tennessee Bar Association. In previous years, she has served as chairperson of the Domestic Relations Committee for the Nashville Bar Association. She has been awarded many honors and designated one of the best lawyers in the domestic field for many years.