Andrey Shirvindt studied law at the Russian State University for the Humanities in Moscow (1998–2004) and at the Humboldt University of Berlin (2002–2003). Two master’s degrees followed, one from the University of Manchester (2005) and another from the Russian School of Private Law (2008). He completed his doctoral studies in 2011 at the Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences with a dissertation on the role of fictions in Roman law.

After working as a paralegal at a law firm (2003–2006) and as chief consultant to the Supreme Commercial Court of the Russian Federation (2006–2008), Shirvindt decided to follow an academic career path. He began in 2008 as an assistant and later as an associate professor at the Civil Law Chair, Faculty of Law, Lomonosov Moscow State University. Since 2011, Shirvindt has also acted in various capacities (including as professor, department chair, and dean) at the Russian School of Private Law of the Sergey Alexeev Private Law Research Centre.

Several years ago, he also embarked on the path of commercial arbitration and has pursued it, mainly in the capacity of arbitrator.

Since August 2022, Andrey Shirvindt has been a senior research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Comparative and International Private Law (Hamburg, Germany).