Lev attended the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he doubled majored in Political Science and Communications. He then received a Master's Degree in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin.
He began directing for the big and small screen in 1994 and has since directed over 50 productions. His television work includes episodes of Everybody Hates Chris, Weeds, Do Over, The O.C., and The Journey of Allen Strange.
Lev is married to writer Melissa Rosenberg.